What is the status of faculty and staff domestic travel?
Beginning July 1, 2020, employees must seek permission for University-affiliated domestic travel, including air travel, from their unit executive (e.g., dean, chancellor). Employees are asked to limit travel where possible and consider virtual options that might replace or reduce the need to travel. College of Medicine faculty at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, both clinical and basic science, are expected to follow the shared guidelines issued together by Kevin Black, interim dean of the College of Medicine, and Penn State Health.
Employees wishing to travel should:
- Carefully review the Pennsylvania Department of Health guidance. Research the restrictions imposed in the area(s) to which they are traveling and ensure that they can comply with the restrictions.
- Obtain permission to travel from the Chancellor (complete request form below).
- Arrange any necessary air travel through Anthony Travel, Penn State’s preferred travel agency, when possible.
- Please review the spotted lanternfly website to determine if your approved travel takes you into an area that will require a permit. If so, you will need to have a permit and complete a training session. Contact the Business Services office prior to your trip for training and permit details. https://ehs.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly/resources
Once approved for travel, employees must comply with the following:
- Practice social distancing and hygiene recommendations before and during travel.
- Obtain masks, hand sanitizer, and any PPE that might be necessary in the course of their work while traveling. Masks are always expected to be worn when interacting with others as advised by the area(s) to which they are traveling.
- Travel one person per vehicle unless an exceptional circumstances dictates otherwise.
Observe the following guidelines when returning home:
- Asymptomatic individuals who have been given permission for on-site work can continue to work following the “Health Monitoring and Temperature Screening” process in the COVID-19 Supervisors Instructions.
- For 14 days after returning home, employees must take their temperature at home within one hour before reporting to work and report “ok” status to supervisor or designee before arriving to work.
- Individuals who become ill/symptomatic stay home and follow the COVID-19 reporting protocols.
- No restrictions for asymptomatic individuals. Employees who become ill should stay home and follow COVID-19 reporting protocols.
Please complete the following form to request employee travel:
*Once travel has been reviewed, you will be notified to complete the "Request Arrangements for Approved Travel" form