Since January 2020, Temple University has been closely monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory illness COVID-19 (coronavirus) throughout the world. As the pandemic evolves, so does Temple’s risk analysis of international travel. 

Temple University takes all reasonable steps to help students, faculty and staff stay safe during university-affiliated international travel. By proactively providing travelers with information and resources regarding potential risks, we can educate and prepare travelers to make good decisions regarding their own well-being while abroad.

As outlined in the Interim COVID-19 International and Domestic Travel Protocol, effective August 15, 2021, Temple-affiliated domestic travel authorization will return to the processes used prior to the pandemic however all domestic travelers are required to sign a COVID-19 Acknowledgement Waiver prior to travel. The waiver and resources for domestic travel during COVID-19 can be found on the Budget & Finance tab within TU Portal.

Employees, students, and approved guests seeking to engage in Temple-affiliated international travel must apply for approval prior to booking international travel. Note: The health and safety context for travel is currently very fluid, rapidly evolving by location and significantly impacted by frequent issuances of local, national, and international policies.

Additionally in light of the city’s vaccination mandate for the University as well as the worsening conditions of the pandemic due to COVID-19, the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for any University-affiliated international travel. 

Individuals with an approved religious or medical exemption will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Consideration will be given, but not limited to, circumstances on the ground in the destination country and current/anticipated travel conditions. The effective date of this requirement is October 15.

Returning from international travel

As of December 6, 2021, anyone traveling by plane to the United States from an international location must present proof of a negative viral COVID test (NAAT or antigen) from within 1 day of departure to the U.S. Anyone without evidence of a negative test will be denied boarding. This requirement applies to everyone including citizens and permanent residents or those fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please review detailed guidance from the CDC.