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  • All UW travel to China is restricted until further notice.
  • UW Study Abroad programming in Italy is suspended effective March 2 until further notice.
  • Travel waivers are required for UW students traveling to countries on this list, which includes South Korea and Italy.  
  • Please carefully weigh the risks and benefits of any international travel, and review CDC and UW information on COVID-19.
  • As always, UW employees should register ALL UW travel outside the U.S. so that the UW Global Travel Security team is best able to contact and support you during your travels. 
  • If you have questions about health, safety, or security before, during, or after overseas travel, email the UW Global Travel Security team at In case of emergency or crisis, travelers can call our 24/7 emergency line at 001-206-632-0153.


Due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus the following U.S. government travel advisories for China are currently in effect. Based on these official advisories and policies, the University of Washington is restricting all UW travel to China until further notice, effective Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Level 3 – Avoid Nonessential Travel

U.S. Department of State: Level 4 – Do Not Travel

  • A number of U.S. and international airlines have suspended flights to and from China. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has either barred or severely restricted entry to the U.S. for travelers from China.


All official student travel to China after Tuesday, February 4, 2020 is restricted. This includes participation in any form of study abroad in China that is organized, sponsored or supported by the University, any UW-supported internship or practicum in China, and any research or independent study undertaken in China by UW students.

Faculty and staff

All official faculty and staff travel to China after Tuesday, February 4, 2020 is restricted.

These restrictions apply unless an official waiver has been granted.

Airport layovers

While the CDC notes that exposure risk for travelers during airport transits in mainland China is low, UW recommends that travelers reroute their trips to avoid airport transits in mainland China (excluding Hong Kong). UW employees returning to Seattle after an airport transit in mainland China should contact the EHS Employee Health Center for consultation.


Requests for waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the UW International Travel Risk Assessment and Safety Committee (ITRASC).

Without an official waiver:

● No UW funds can be used to support any travel to China until further notice.

● UW-sponsored travel insurance and emergency assistance will not be available. To apply for an official waiver please complete this form. ITRASC will review waiver applications and make a recommendation to the Provost. The final decision on granting a waiver rests with the Provost.

For any questions related to UW travel to China, please contact the UW Global Travel Security Program at

Current travelers in China

Any UW community members currently in China should contact for advice and support.

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