Safety Updates: January 2020

January 31

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). WHO convened for the second time on Jan. 30 regarding the coronavirus and distributed recommendations to address the outbreak. The full statement can be read on the WHO website. As a result, the U.S. Department of State has upgraded its China travel advisory to a Level 4: Do Not Travel. UT Austin has included China as "Extreme Risk" on the Restricted Regions List. UT undergraduate travel to China has been suspended. Any graduate student or faculty/staff travel… Read more


January 21

UPDATE - 1.27.2020 The CDC has changed their warning level to encompass all of mainland China at Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel. The U.S. Department of State has changed their overall travel advisory to Level 3: Reconsider Travel for all of mainland China. According to International SOS, the Chinese government has imposed several travel restrictions and more are to be expected in the coming days. The situation is fluid and further transport shutdowns are possible in other cities. It is highly recommended that you avoid travel if you are sick, especially if you have a fever and cough… Read more


January 16

Due to recent world events, UT Austin would like to remind our travelers of the safety and security resources available to them.  Important Resources: Register your travel with the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Contact International SOS in the event of any small or large-scale emergency by calling 1-215-942-8059. They can find a nearby doctor or hospital, provide you with free counseling sessions over the phone or set you up with an English-speaking counselor in your country, and provide security briefings. Join the International Oversight Committee… Read more