Coronavirus Related Travel Advice

Key Points

Updated March 9, 2020

  • January 29:  The Government of Canada advises against non-essential travel to China due to the imposition of travel restrictions and quarantines in parts of the country.
  • January 31: All University-sponsored travel to China and all programming involving China have been suspended until further notice.
  • March 4: Update from the university.

The University of Ottawa’s International Office is monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in coordination with key stakeholders on campus.  The safety and wellbeing of students abroad is a priority for our office.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, a cough and difficulty breathing. Should you experience these symptoms AND you or someone you have been in close contact with has recently travelled internationally to an affected region, avoid contact with others and see your health-care professional or nearest hospital.

Should I be concerned?

Cases of COVID-19 were first reported in Wuhan, China, but have since been reported in other locations around the world. Check the list of where COVID-19 has been confirmed before planning your trip.

Students in these locations in addition to students with pre-existing medical conditions and those travelling to locations with under-resourced medical facilities should exercise a high degree of caution.

Several countries including the US, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand and the Philippines have imposed bans on travellers from China. Students should check the latest COVID-19 related travel restrictions before travelling.

What should I do?

  • Register if you can with your government to receive alerts.Canadians can register here.
  • Ensure that you are receiving regular updates on the local situation from your host institution.
  • Stay informed on the latest Government of Canada Travel Advisories for your region.
  • Prevent the spread of the virus by:
    • Avoiding contact with sick people
    • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoiding animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat)
    • Seeking medical care right away if you were in China in the past 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
  • Contact the International Office and your mobility point of contact if you are in Asia and have not yet been contacted by the University to confirm that you are well, or if you are elsewhere and have concerns or questions related to this situation.
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