*Published Feb. 25, 2020*
Northeastern University is continuing to monitor the current 2019 Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and university leaders are planning for a broad range of contingencies. We wanted to share with you some important information regarding spring break travel:
- Spring break week begins on March 1. If you are planning to travel to and from the following regions, please fill out this online Self-Report Form: Mainland China, Hong Kong (SAR), Macau (SAR), Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Italy. The information you provide will allow us to assist you with specific resources or guidance.
- If you are planning to travel to China for a personal trip, please remember to check with the airlines. Many flights to and from China have been suspended (other than flights out of China for U.S. citizens). Please note that non-U.S. citizens who may be able to travel to China over spring break are not guaranteed return to the U.S., given the current travel restrictions. Chinese citizens whose passports have been issued by the provinces that have been especially impacted, may not be allowed to leave China.
- The CDC is now recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to South Korea. Italy has placed travel restrictions on regions in northern Italy.
- If you plan to travel internationally anywhere in the world for personal, non-university-sponsored trips, we encourage you to register your travel through the NU Travel Registry. Once registered, you will have access to information, resources and notifications specific to your travel destination.
- If you wish to monitor your health upon your return to the U.S. after traveling abroad, please use this Self-Monitoring Form.
COUNTRY-SPECIFIC TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
The White House has issued a proclamation that includes suspending entry into the U.S. for foreign nationals who have visited China within the past 14 days. Measures to assess symptoms and diagnose the coronavirus (COVID-19) among those who are allowed entry into the United States (U.S. citizens, residents, and family) and have been in China within the past 14 days also are being implemented and may include quarantine. The U.S. embassy in Beijing and the U.S. consulates general in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenyang have suspended regular visa services.
For U.S.-specific updates, please continue to monitor: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/novel-coronavirus-hubei-province–china.html
Public health authorities are asking travelers arriving to the U.K. from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, or Macau in the last 14 days to stay indoors, avoid close contact with people, and call NHS 111 if they are experiencing any symptoms.
The U.K. government has also introduced advanced monitoring at airports that receive direct flights from China. Public health hubs with medical staff have been established at Heathrow airport to support anyone arriving from China who is symptomatic.
For U.K.-specific updates, please continue to monitor https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
Public health agencies are asking travelers arriving from Hubei Province, China to stay home, self-isolate for 14 days, and monitor themselves closely for symptoms of illness.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued a Travel Health Notice to avoid all non-essential travel to China and avoid all travel to the province of Hubei, including the cities of Wuhan, Huanggang and Ezhou.
For Canada-specific updates, please continue to monitor http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/information-on-novel-coronavirus
ON-CAMPUS ACTIVITIES DURING SPRING BREAK
If you are planning to stay on campus this spring break, check out the activities available at https://studentlife.northeastern.edu/explore-student-life/
Students at all Northeastern campuses should check in with their campus staff for Student Life opportunities around campus during the break.
To find all of this information, plus messages previously sent by the university, regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit news.northeatern.edu/coronavirus