February 21st, 2023

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Important Travel Requirements and Reminders

Dear Students and Scholars, 

As we approach spring break, we are writing to provide information and reminders about travel outside of the United States. Even with lesser travel restriction due to COVID-19, we still urge you to remain alert of any possible travel restrictions to your destination country, to any countries through which you may travel to reach your destination, and to the United States. 

If you plan to travel, please consider the following: 

Do you have all documents required for reentry into the U.S.? 

See all required documents under your immigration status as well as CDC requirements for COVID-19 vaccinations and testing at 

Will your visa be valid upon reentry?

If your F-1 or J-1 entry visa has expired, you will need to apply for a new visa to return to the U.S. You may not have enough time over Spring Break to renew your visa so we advise caution and to possibly reconsider travel.  You may encounter visa delays or other unforeseen issues that could delay your return to the US to resume your program at Penn.

For all F-1 and J-1 students and scholars: Do you have a valid travel signature from ISSS on your I-20 (page 2) or DS-2019? 

You can request a travel signature by submitting the travel signature request form in iPenn. If you are an F-1 student, ISSS will email the signed document to you. J-1 students and scholars can obtain signed DS-2019s by completing the shipping request e-form or by arranging a pickup at our office.  

If you experience a travel or US-entry related emergency, please follow the instructions at 

If you have any questions or concerns after reading the provided information, please contact your ISSS Advisor by email (see iPenn for your advisor’s name and contact information). 


ISSS Staff  


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