Travel Announcement: Novel Coronavirus

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Update as of 5:00 p.m. PST on Feb. 25:

On February 24 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Warning - Level 3, Avoid All Nonessential Travel notice for South Korea. University travelers are advised to avoid all nonessential travel to South Korea. Travelers should also avoid layover travel that passes through South Korea.

The CDC also issued an Alert – Level 2 Practice Enhanced Precautions Travel Notice for Iran, Italy and Japan on February 24. Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions may be at higher risk; individuals in these groups should discuss travel with a healthcare provider and consider postponing nonessential travel.

The CDC has issued a Watch – Level 1 Practice Usual Precautions Travel Notice for Hong Kong.  At this time, CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to Hong Kong. Travelers to Hong Kong should avoid contact with sick people and clean their hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%–95% alcohol.

University travelers are still advised to avoid all travel to China, with any proposed travel still requiring advance review and approval by the campus Travel Advisory Committee. Travelers should also avoid layover travel that passes through China. Travelers should take increased precautions outlined by the CDC if they plan to travel to any country with a current Travel Alert.

The situation with COVID-19 remains fluid, and campus policies on travel to countries affected by COVID-19 will reflect the assessments of the CDC, the World Health Organization, and the U.S. Department of State.  Given this fluidity, we strongly recommend travelers review this web announcement and the information provided by WorldAware, UC’s travel and risk management partner, before traveling or planning travel to avoid potential complications.

Update as of 5:00 p.m. PST on Feb. 13:

FAQs for travel during the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak

Can I travel to China, Hong Kong or Taiwan?

The university recommends against all travel to China. Travel to Hong Kong and Taiwan is not currently restricted but travelers are advised to take additional precautions while traveling. Travelers should monitor the U.S. State Department and Center for Disease Control (CDC) for updates and changes.

 If you are part of a university program that is considering travel to China, you can file for an exemption by submitting your request and itinerary to TravelSecurity@ucdavis.edu. The request will be considered in accordance with the UC Davis Travel Policy by the Travel Review Committee.

When will restriction on travel be lifted?

The university bases its guidance on the travel advisories published by the U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Once these agencies recommend that travel to China may resume, university recommendations will be updated.

Should I reschedule travel to other areas in Asia?

At this time the university is not recommending against travel to other countries reporting cases of 2019-nCoV. The Travel Security team will continue to monitor the situation and if you have any travel concerns or questions they can be directed to TravelSecurity@ucdavis.edu.

I am traveling on a Chinese PassportWill I be granted entry to foreign countries?

Restrictions have been placed on travelers who have traveled in China in the last 14 days and these travelers may be denied entry. It is important to note that countries have also changed the visa requirements for Chinese Passport holders, and procedures are subject to change without notice. Travelers should confirm in advance that their visa documents are valid and ensure no restrictions on travel have been put in place.

Where can I find information on travel restrictions?

WorldAware, UC’s travel and risk management partner, is providing information on travel restrictions. 


Update as of 5:00 p.m. PST on Feb. 3:

The United States Department of State has announced that Mission China, which includes the U.S. Embassy and all consulates, will be closed to the public from February 3-7 in accordance with Chinese government guidance. Emergency U.S. citizen services will be available. U.S. citizens can sign up for notifications for Americans traveling in China.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced they will begin enforcing restrictions for all passenger flights to the U.S. carrying individuals who have recently traveled from China starting on February 2. All U.S. citizens who have traveled in China within 14 days of their arrival will be routed to one of seven designated airports, where the U.S. Government has enhanced public health resources in order to implement enhanced screening procedures. U.S. citizens who have been in Hubei province within 14 days of their return will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine. Foreign nationals who have traveled in China within 14 days of their arrival, will be denied entry into the U.S.


Update as of 11:00 a.m. PST on Jan. 31:

UC President Janet Napolitano, in a statement released on January 30, wrote that …UC is closely monitoring the dynamic developments regarding the 2019 Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).  Today, the United Nations’ World Health Organization declared a “global health emergency…The health and safety of our UC community is our No. 1 priority.” 

On January 30, 2020 the U.S. State Department increased the Travel Warning for China to Level 4: Do Not Travel. University travelers are advised to avoid all travel to China. Travelers should also avoid layover travel that passes through China.

Under UC Davis Travel Policy China will temporarily be considered a “Very High Threat” destination. Travel to high-risk destinations are subject to review by the Travel Advisory Committee. Faculty, Staff, and postdocs planning travel to China must e-mail a detailed itinerary of their proposed travel, along with information on their risk mitigation procedures, to travelsecurity@ucdavis.edu no less than three weeks prior to the planned departure date. Additional information on this policy can be found on the Global Affairs website.

The UC Davis Travel Security Manager has contacted all registered travelers and confirmed that any school, unit, or individual which had been planning academic or other travel to China has cancelled those plans. These cancellations should remain in place until the guidance changes.  For any needed advice or direction, please contact our travel security team at travelsecurity@ucdavis.edu to discuss any proposed trips.

UC Davis travelers are reminded to register their trips, which is required per UC Davis policy and provides customized, real-time travel updates and alerts.


Update as of 4:00 p.m. PST on Jan. 30:

On January 30, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

On January 29, 2020 the U.S. Department of State authorized the departure of family members and all non-emergency U.S. government employees at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the Consulates General in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenyang.

British Airways, United Airlines, American Airlines, Air Asia, Cathay Pacific, Air India, IndiGo, Lufthansa and Finnair have announced plans to limit the flights they are operating to China or stop flying to the country entirely. American Airlines is discontinuing flights from both Beijing and Shanghai to Los Angeles from February 9th to March 27th due to decreased demand for flights. American Airlines flights from Dallas to both Shanghai and Beijing will continue unchanged. British Airways cancels all flights to Beijing and Shanghai until March. 

UCEAP has cancelled all Winter and Spring programs in China.

Based on U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and U.S. Department of State guidance, university travelers are advised to avoid all nonessential travel to China, and travelers should also avoid layover travel that passes through China.


Update as of 4:00 p.m. PST on Jan. 28:

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Update as of 3:00 p.m. PST on Jan. 27:

Based on U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, and U.S. Department of State guidance, university travelers are advised to avoid all nonessential travel to China.

CDC has issued a Warning – Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel to China

The U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Advisory Level 3:  Reconsider travel to China

The situation continues to evolve; this notice will be updated as more information becomes available.


Update as of 2:00 p.m. PST on Jan. 24:

On January 23, 2020, the Department of State ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S. personnel and their families from Wuhan, Hubei province. Chinese authorities have imposed strict travel restrictions in the area around Wuhan as well as a number of nearby cities in Hubei province.  Travelers should be aware that the Chinese government could prevent them from entering or exiting parts of Hubei province in central China.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.

Based on U.S. Department of State guidance, university travelers are advised to avoid all nonessential travel to Hubei province, China


Update as of 3:00 p.m. PST on Jan. 23:

Currently the Chinese government has quarantined the city of Wuhan, and Huanggang, and Ezhou, Chibi, and Zhijiang are under transportation lockdown, with an impending quarantine order for Xianning. These travel restrictions affect cities home to around 23 million people. 

Travelers from China should expect health screenings as they enter other countries. Health screenings might include temperature monitoring and symptom questionnaires. Travelers with symptoms (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing) will likely have an additional health assessment.

Based on U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, university travelers are advised to avoid all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China.


Announcement posted at 3:30 p.m. PST on Jan. 21:

A novel coronavirus outbreak started in the city of Wuhan, China on December 8, 2019. Symptoms of this illness include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Several hundred people have been diagnosed with the virus including cases in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. 

Travelers from Wuhan (or those who transited through Wuhan) and possibly other cities in China should expect health screenings as they enter other countries. Health screenings might include temperature monitoring and symptom questionnaires. Travelers with symptoms (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing) will likely have an additional health assessment.

Travelers to areas with confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus should:

  • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

If you traveled to these countries and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:

  • Stay home. Except for seeking medical care, avoid contact with others.
  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Not report to work.
  • Not travel while sick. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

For any health related questions, travelers should contact: 
Occupational Health Services
Phone: 530-752-6051
Email: occupationalhealth@ucdavis.edu

For travel security questions, travelers should contact:
A.J. Leeds
Travel Security Manager
Global Affairs
Phone: 530-752-4129
Email: TravelSecurity@ucdavis.edu

UC Davis travelers are reminded to register their trips, which is required per UC Davis policy and provides customized, real-time travel updates and alerts.

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