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  • Update Drexel Travel Restricted Amid Corona Virus Outbreak

    January 30, 2020

    Drexel International Health, Safety and Security continues to monitor closely the coronavirus outbreak, which is centered in Wuhan, China, but also present throughout that country. Given that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to China and the US Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do not travel for all of China, we have decided to restrict all Drexel University faculty, professional staff and student travel to China, effective immediately. 


    Any faculty, professional staff member or student who wishes to travel to China will require written approval from the Provost’s OfficeProspective travel would first need approval from the respective dean or department head, with all requests then submitted to the provost for review and final decision.  In addition, all upcoming travel to China for Drexel students is suspended until further notice. This approach follows the current guidance of the CDC, as well as the U.S. State Department.  


    Faculty and professional staff who have travelers visiting from China to Drexel should be advised that, following guidance from the CDC, all travelers arriving from China will be screened upon arrival for symptoms of coronavirus. If they are not showing signs of illness, they will be permitted to enter and engage in normal activities and interactions. Drexel departments and colleges hosting Chinese visitors should ensure that visitors have information on how to proceed if they become unwell during their visit. Travelers from China who have been in the U.S. for more than 14 days without symptoms are considered to have passed the incubation period for the coronavirus. 

  • China considered High Risk Travel

    January 28, 2020

    Due to the current CDC Advisory Level 3: Avoid Non-Essential Travel and the State Department Advisory Level 3 Reconsider Travel, for China, travel to China is now determined to be High Risk by the University Travel Risk Review Committee and upcoming travel to China is prohibited at this time for all Drexel students. Given the uncertainty of the current situation in China with the containment of the corona virus, Drexel strongly discourages faculty and staff from traveling to China at this time. Drexel faculty and staff with upcoming travel plans to China should contact Marcia Henisz for further guidance on the advisability of travel to China. International Health, Safety and Security is actively monitoring developments in China and other affected countries. 

  • Update Coronavirus in China

    January 24, 2020

    Following the guidance of the CDC Level 3 Warning and the US Department of State Travel Advisory, Drexel travelers are advised to restrict all travel to Wuhan and the entire Hubei Province. Drexel travelers with upcoming plans to visit China or other impacted countries may contact Marcia Henisz for more information and updates as this is a rapidly evolving situation. If you are a Drexel traveler who has recently been in China or one of the other affected countries abroad, please contact the Student Health Center so you can take part in any health screening. Drexel IHSS will continue to follow closely developments as governments and health organizations including the WHO and CDC work to contain the spread of this disease.

    Any travelers through major hub airports may experience additional screening and should be cautious about travelling while sick during this time. 

  • Coronavirus in China and parts of Asia

    January 21, 2020

    Drexel International Health, Safety and Security is following closely the news of the outbreak of Coronavirus in Wuhan, China. Additional cases have been reported in Beijing and Guangdong province and very limited cases in Thailand, South Korea, Japan and in the US (Washington state). Drexel does not have any registered travelers in Wuhan nor have any known travelers that have been in Wuhan in the past three weeks. The CDC raised its risk assessment to Level 2: Practice Enhanced Precautions. The CDC is carefully monitoring the situation and working with the WHO. Drexel IHSS is reviewing carefully the news and any impact that it may have on known Drexel travelers in the region. 

  • Heightened Security Tensions in the Middle East

    January 04, 2020

    Following US airstrikes in Baghdad, Iraq, Drexel International Health, Safety and Security is monitoring closely the heightened security in the region. Drexel IHSS has reached out to all known Drexel travelers in Israel to provide additional travel guidance.