Outlook for Pandemic Travel

Although there are a number of significant hurdles to the widespread resumption of unfettered travel worldwide, the University's Global Safety & Security Unit (GS&S) is cautiously optimistic that noticeable improvements will occur incrementally over the late fall and early winter of this year. We are confident that travel within the United States will have resumed at levels near those of before the pandemic by the end of this year. Nonetheless, fully restarting the infrastructure of international travel will require many more months, and substantial limitations on free movement will certainly persist well into 2023 or later, particularly for low- and middle-income countries.

Given this outlook, we caution against assumptions that the scope of permissible University-sponsored travel will expand in the fall. GS&S will issue updated guidance covering the fall semester in early July. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue to plan creatively for your international engagements throughout 2021. We also urge you to think carefully about advance bookings and other financial commitments for the fall to avoid cancellation penalties and other non-refundable commitments. We constantly and closely monitor developments related to the safety and feasibility of global mobility and maintain our commitment to review and revise our guidelines whenever an opportunity exists to do so.


Frequently Asked Questions About Current University Travel

I want to engage in University-sponsored international travel to a country where I am allowed to enter, why can’t I?

Can I make plans for international travel and/or programs in the fall?

How does the University decide on pandemic-related travel policies?

How will I know when the pandemic travel guidelines change?



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Prior to traveling, please review this information from World Travel to ensure you are prepared and understand the steps you should take to remain safe and healthy throughout your trip.  For International travel, access  International SOS to get information on medical, security assistance services worldwide 24 hours a day and to print out your membership card.

The first, and most important step, is to make sure all travel has been booked through Concur or World Travel, Inc.

World Travel can be reached at at (888) 530-4087 or email princeton@worldtravelinc.com


Utilization of Unused Tickets
If your tickets were booked through World Travel, we have a process in place to help maximize your return on these unused tickets -- even for those deemed non-refundable by the airlines.  
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