Should I travel internationally during the upcoming remote period and/or the semester break?
The U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued international COVID-19 travel advisories and recommend reconsidering or avoiding travel to many destinations. Penn State is extending the same guidance to all students, faculty and staff. If an employee decides to travel internationally for personal reasons during the remote period after Nov. 20 and/or during the holiday break, Penn State’s expectation is that they will return to the U.S. at the beginning of the spring semester. While minor travel delays can likely be accommodated, employees who are unable to return to the U.S. by the beginning of the spring semester will not be approved to work remotely from another country and will have to go on unpaid leave until they return to the U.S. Requests to work remotely from another country — even for a short period of time — can create significant tax, regulatory, and other issues for the University and involve complex legal analysis and expenditure of significant amounts of time and resources. All University-affiliated travel continues to be suspended until further notice. If travel is essential (i.e., mission critical), the request must be approved by the unit executive and then screened by the Provost’s office (or Lora Weiss for ARL/Kevin Black for the College of Medicine).
In addition, all faculty, staff and students should familiarize themselves with Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine’s Nov. 17 travel order, which requires that “individuals traveling into and returning to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from any other State or Commonwealth or an international location, must produce evidence of a negative SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) test from a specimen collected within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth, or quarantine for 14 days upon entering.”