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Feb. 13 update: Campus travel update related to COVID-19 (new coronavirus) outbreak

The following message was sent Feb. 13 to all UW-Eau Claire and UW-Eau Claire – Barron County students, faculty and staff:

The COVID-19 (formerly referred to as the novel coronavirus) outbreak has resulted in the U.S. State Department raising the travel advisory for China to "Level 4-Do Not Travel" and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issuing a Level 3 warning, "Avoid Nonessential Travel" for China. As the World Health Organization has determined the COVID-19 outbreak is a public health emergency of international concern, travelers should monitor U.S. State Department advisories prior to all international travel.

Although we hope the situation improves and these advisories are short-lived, they do impact travel to mainland China, in particular university-affiliated travel.

Student travel

At UW-Eau Claire, student travel for university-affiliated activities such as study abroad, immersions, internships, service-learning and departmental field trips is prohibited to countries under the U.S. State Department “Level 4-Do Not Travel” advisory. Although our sincere hope is that the situation in China improves and the U.S. State Department travel advisory is lowered, university-affiliated student travel to China is currently suspended. Students admitted to summer 2020 and fall 2020 programs to China have been contacted by the organizing departments to discuss their options and decision-making timelines for their programs.

Faculty and staff travel

The university strongly recommends against, but does not prohibit, university employee travel to locations where the U.S. Department of State has issued Level 4 advisories or where the CDC has issued Level 3 travel warnings. The final decision regarding travel to such areas lies with the university employee and their respective employment supervisor. Employees traveling on university business to China are encouraged to complete the travel authorization process to document their supervisor’s approval and to enroll in the Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) program, which provides health and medical evacuation coverage while traveling abroad. CISI enrollment is available through the Center for International Education.

Re-entering the United States after travel to China

All travelers to China, whether on university business or personal travel, should be aware that the United States has issued temporary measures impacting those who travel to mainland China and seek to re-enter the United States. Effective Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. EST, all foreign nationals who travel to mainland China are barred from entering the U.S., and U.S. citizens and permanent residents who travel to mainland China may be subject to mandatory quarantine or self-monitoring for up to 14 days upon re-entry.

As the situation is continually evolving, travelers should be prepared for limited consular support while abroad, flight changes and/or travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.

For questions regarding faculty and staff travel to China, please contact the ASK Center at askcenter@uwec.edu.

For questions regarding student travel to China, please contact cie@uwec.edu. Staff will ensure your message reaches the correct department.