Information on Coronavirus for Notre Dame Travelers and Visitors

Read the message sent to all Notre Dame students, faculty, and staff on February 24, 2020, at the Rome Global Gateway

Read the message sent to all Notre Dame students, faculty, and staff on January 31, 2020

Notre Dame International (NDI) continues to monitor developments related to the evolving outbreak of 2019-novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and urges all international travelers and visitors to campus to review the information and advice provided below.

Please be assured that your health and safety is always our top priority. NDI will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as the situation develops.

University-Sponsored Travel

Travelers on University-sponsored international travel are reminded as best practice to adhere to the health and safety information and advice provided by US authorities, namely the US Department of State and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), regardless of destination.

Travel between mainland China and the US

For travel between mainland China and the US, US authorities issued the following alerts amid the ongoing 2019-nCoV outbreak:

  • The CDC issued a Level 3 Health Notice for mainland China. The notice recommends travelers to avoid all non-essential travel to mainland China. Level 3 is the highest level on the CDC’s three-tier scale.
  • The US Department of State raised its Travel Advisory level for mainland China from a Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) to Level 4 (Do Not Travel) on January 30, 2020. Level 4 is the highest level on the US Department of State’s four-tier scale. 

Further, the US government on January 31, 2020, announced the following travel restrictions from February 2, 2020 until further notice:

  • US nationals who have traveled to Hubei province in the past 14 days will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
  • US nationals that have been to other parts of China, excluding Hubei province, will undergo enhanced medical screenings and a 14-day self-quarantine.
  • Foreign nationals who have been to China, excluding Hong Kong and Macau, in the past 14 days will be denied entry.
  • However, foreign nationals who are an immediate family member or legal guardian of a US citizen, or are traveling with an A-1, A-2, C-2, C-3, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1 to NATO-4, or NATO-6 visa, will be allowed entry.

For complete travel restrictions and exemptions please refer to the White House official website.

Based upon guidelines from the CDC and the US State Department, the University is taking several proactive steps to ensure the safety and health of our campus community, including:

  • University-sponsored travel to mainland China for all students, staff, and faculty is prohibited until further notice. 
  • Re-route any stops or layovers to avoid mainland China.
  • If you are returning from mainland China with fever or respiratory symptoms, stay home, limit contact with others, and call to consult with University Health Services, the Notre Dame Wellness Center, or your primary care provider.
  • The CDC is not advising quarantine for travelers who do not have symptoms simply based on their travel history or home address. If that advice changes, the University is prepared.
Other University-Sponsored International Travel

For travel to other areas affected by the outbreak, it is important to note that infections have been confirmed outside mainland China, including the United States. This has prompted several countries to introduce health screening measures at airports. Travelers should exercise caution and anticipate related disruption, including but not limited to the following:

  • Re-route any stops or layovers to avoid mainland China.
  • Allow extra time when passing through airports, taking into account temperature and health screening.
  • Do not travel if you are sick; travelers who are sick face the risk of being quarantined and tested.
  • Monitor the latest information on the virus, as well as quarantine and isolation procedures being implemented, at airports of your destination and the point of origin.

International scholars and visitors to campus

  • Review CDC information and advice on flu season and prevention.
  • Allow extra time when passing through airports, taking into account temperature and health screening checks that many international airports have implemented since the 2019-nCoV outbreak began.
  • Do not travel if you are sick; travelers who are sick face the risk of being quarantined and tested.
  • Monitor the latest information on the virus, as well as quarantine and isolation procedures being implemented, at airports of your destination and the point of origin.
  • If you become sick during your visit, immediately contact your campus host and seek medical care. Alert the health care provider of your symptoms and recent travel history.

Campus hosts to international scholars and visitors

  • Share this information with your visitor for awareness.
  • Obtain travel and arrival details for your guest’s visit.
  • Ensure you and your visitor have exchanged local contact information and other important details prior to arrival.
  • Establish a communication plan for on-arrival accounting for any immigration issues, health screening, or travel delays.

More information

Notre Dame International is actively monitoring this situation and updating this site as new information becomes available. Last updated on February 3, 2020 at 10:00am.