Temple University Advisories

China

An outbreak of pneumonia has been confirmed and first identified in Wuhan city, China, caused by a new coronavirus.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization are closely monitoring the evolving situation. As of January 23, 2020, the Center for Disease Control recommends avoiding non-essential travel to Wuhan, China. Temple's emergency services provider, International SOS, recommends that travelers defer all travel to Chibi, Ezhou, Huanggang, Lichuan, and Wuhan due to restrictions imposted by the government to contain the spread of the virus.

The latest information on the spread of the illness is available from CDC Novel Coronavirus. The World Health Organization is also tracking the disease, and offers advice for travelers. We also recommend signing up for alerts from International SOS so that you can remain informed about their latest travel advice and recommendations.

If you traveled to Wuhan city on or after December 1, 2019 and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. 
    • While Abroad:
      • International SOS 215-942-8479
    • Upon return to campus:
      • Student Health Services 215-204-7500
      • Employee Health Services 215-204-2679
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Not travel while sick. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Any significant changes that would impact plans by members of the Temple community will be updated on this site.

Hong Kong

After consultation with the Office of International Affairs and with support from the Provost, effective November 15, 2019, Temple University has suspended student travel to Hong Kong for the immediate future, including a suspension of spring 2020 programs in Hong Kong. The current intense protest activity focused on area universities as well as targeted attacks on mainland Chinese students has prompted the suspension of student travel to Hong Kong.

Temple University will continue to monitor the activity in Hong Kong and will re-evaluate this situation in advance of summer 2020 travel.

Department of State Advisories

International SOS Alerts

  • Nepal: Imported novel coronavirus case

    January 27, 2020

    Latest update: WHO risk assessment - changed from 'moderate risk' to 'high risk' at the global level.A single case of 2019 novel coronavirus has been confirmed. The case travelled to Kathmandu for holiday from Wuhan where he is a student. International SOS is monitoring the situation closely. ... Read more

  • Argentina: Cordoba city: Plan journeys on 27 January bypassing planned protest at Municipal Palace

    January 27, 2020

    Members in Cordoba city (Cordoba province) on 27 January should anticipate disruption and plan journeys bypassing a protest at the Municipal Palace from 07.00 to 10.00 (local time). The gathering is being held by labour unions to denounce the recent layoffs of city employees. A similar rally on 24 ... Read more

  • Solomon Islands: Makira-Ulawa province, Honiara: Continue to exercise caution following magnitude 6.3 earthquake off Kirakira (Revised)

    January 27, 2020

    Members in Makirawa-Ulawa province should continue to exercise caution in the coming hours following a magnitude6.3 offshore earthquake that struck66 miles (105km)west-north-westof the provincial capitalKirakira. The US Geological Survey said the earthquake occurred at around 16.02 ... Read more

  • United States: Imported novel coronavirus cases

    January 27, 2020

    Latest update: WHO risk assessment - changed from 'moderate risk' to 'high risk' at the global level. Additional cases confirmed. Cases of the novel (new) strain of coronavirus, currently causing an outbreak of pneumonia in mainland China, have been confirmed in the United States. Isolated ... Read more

  • Australia: Imported coronavirus cases

    January 27, 2020

    Latest update: WHO risk assessment - changed from 'moderate risk' to 'high risk' at the global level. Five cases of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have reported. One in Victoria and four in New South Wales. All of them have a travel history to China. This new coronavirus which is causing an outbreak ... Read more

  • France: Paris: Plan journeys bypassing march by firefighters on 28 January

    January 27, 2020

    Members in the capital Paris on 28 January should plan journeys bypassing a planned march by firefighters as a precaution and to minimise inconvenience. Participants will gather at Place de la Republique at 14.00 (local time) before marching towards Place de la Nation. The march is part of an ... Read more

  • Kenya: Nairobi: Allow additional travel time on Waiyaki Way following landslide

    January 27, 2020

    Members in the capital Nairobi should anticipate disruption along Waiyaki Way in the coming hours. A wall collapsed on the Redhill Road section of the route atABC bypasson the morning of 27 January and one of two lanes remains blocked. Members planning to travel along the Waiyaki Way should allow ... Read more

  • Singapore: Imported novel coronavirus cases

    January 27, 2020

    Latest update: WHO risk assessment - changed from 'moderate risk' to 'high risk' at the global level.All have recent travel history to Wuhan, China, where this new coronavirus is causing an outbreak. Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Severe disease is possible. ... Read more

  • Thailand: Imported novel coronavirus cases

    January 27, 2020

    Latest update: WHO risk assessment - changed from 'moderate risk' to 'high risk' at the global level. Cases of the novel (new) strain of coronavirus, currently causing an outbreak of pneumonia in China, have been detected in people who travelled from Wuhan to Thailand. Although transmission from ... Read more

  • Japan: Imported novel coronavirus cases

    January 27, 2020

    Latest update: Fourth case confirmed. WHO risk assessment - changed from 'moderate risk' to 'high risk' at the global level.At least four imported cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus have been confirmed. All cases have a history of travel to Wuhan. This new coronavirus is causing an outbreak in ... Read more

Center for Disease Control Travel Notices