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  • Autumn semester 2020

    Information for international students regarding returning to campus.

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    Immigration coordinators at the Office of International Affairs are available for virtual advising M-F from 1-4 p.m. via CarmenZoom.

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    Health professionals across the globe can sign up for Ohio State's Global One Health initiative's collection of online courses offered for free under the online Canvas Network.

Travel Alerts

January 30, 2020 - The Ohio State University, in accordance with the guidance of the CDC and U.S. Department of State, has temporarily suspended all university supported travel to China through March 6, 2020. Ohio State’s official Coronavirus update is available on the Wexner Medical Center website.

In following this protocol, Ohio State supported student travel to China is impacted in the following manner:

  1. Ohio State supported undergraduate travel to China is suspended through at least March 6, 2020. Ohio State travelers scheduled to depart during this period have already been redirected by changes initiated by their programs.
  2. Ohio State sponsored summer 2020 programs to China, including undergraduate and graduate study abroad programs, remain on schedule. Assessment of summer programs will be conducted in late February, in line with the assessment to extend or curtail the restriction on March 6, 2020.
  3. Ohio State supported graduate student travel prior to March 6, 2020 will require submission of an assessment to be authorized by the Office of the Provost. (Details of this process are forthcoming.)

Currently, the temporary travel restriction does not apply to travel to Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan. However it should be noted that Hong Kong is currently rated Tier 2: Specific Risk on Ohio State’s risk designated scale. Ohio State supported undergraduate travel to Hong Kong has been previously suspended through summer 2020, and graduate travel currently requires approval of a travel assessment.

Presently, the CDC and U.S. Department of State alerts for 2019-cNOV Coronavirus do not extend to additional countries and the Ohio State travel restriction is only for mainland China. However students traveling to other countries in East and Southeast Asia should verify if their itineraries transit through China. Travel connecting in China for onward transit to a third country is not restricted at this time. However, use of the 72-hour transit visa for short-term stays in China is restricted. Multiple international carriers are scaling back flight operations to China, which may also impact travel itineraries. Travelers routing through China should contact their airline or travel provider to verify the status of their itinerary and request an alteration of their itinerary to allow an immediate transfer onward to their final destination.

This Travel Alert does not address personal travel to China or university protocol for inbound travel from China. University reporting requirements for personal travel and guidance for travelers returning from China are addressed in the university Coronavirus update available on the Wexner Medical Center website.

Updated on January 28 to reflect DOS increase in Travel Advisory to Level 3
Updated on January 24 to reflect U.S. DOS guidance to restrict all travel to Hubei province

Updated on January 23 to reflect CDC guidance to restrict travel to Wuhan.

January 22, 2020 - Ohio State is monitoring the evolving outbreak of a novel coronavirus in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Ohio State is actively engaged in China, including Wuhan University. However Ohio State presently has no known travelers in Wuhan.

Ohio State is aware of both the CDC Warning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel for China and the U.S. Department of State increase in the Travel Advisory to Level 3: Reconsider travel and updates will be forthcoming. 

Consideration of current and future international travel is taken in consultation with a committee comprised of Ohio State professionals in epidemiology and infectious disease and led by the Chief Clinical Officer and Senior Associate Vice President for Health Sciences at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. In addition, we are following updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In line with the current guidance, Ohio State is not presently restricting travel to China or other locations where 2019-nCOV has been identified. However, in accordance with the CDC Warning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel health notice and U.S. DOS travel advisory, Ohio State travelers are advised to restrict all current travel to the city of Wuhan and the entire Hubei province. Individuals within China should consider the impact of China's capacity to curtail movement prior to traveling away from their primary location. Those planning travel to locations where 2019-nCOV is present are advised to:

  1. Avoid contact with people showing symptoms of acute respiratory infections (cold or flu like symptoms)
  2. Avoid close contact with live or dead farm or wild animals, including visiting animal markets, production facilities or consuming animal products (such as uncooked meat or eggs)
  3. Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand cleansing should be practiced after coughing or sneezing, coming into contact with sick individuals; before, during and after preparing food; before eating; after toilet use and after coming into contact with animals or animal waste. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  4. Travelers who are older or have compromised immune systems are advised to consult with their treating medical provider prior to undertaking travel. All travelers are advised to have a pre-travel medical consultation.

Given the early nature of the outbreak, Ohio State will continue monitoring professional resources. Updates or changes to this advice will be posted on the Ohio State Travel Alerts page.