(Travel) South Korea Added to Duke’s Restricted Travel Regions

 February 28, 2020

TO:Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors, Department Heads, and Managers
FROM:Kyle Cavanaugh, Vice President, Administration, Emergency Coordinator
RE:(Travel) South Korea Added to Duke’s Restricted Travel Regions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that all non-essential travel to South Korea be deferred due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in that country. Therefore, effective immediately, Duke University is restricting all university-funded travel to South Korea.

This restriction covers all travel to South Korea for students, faculty and staff at Duke University and Duke Health. It does not, however, affect personal travel, though we urge any individual planning a trip to South Korea to carefully review the latest health information from U.S. government sources, and be aware that anyone returning from South Korea may be subject to screening and quarantine guidelines in place at the time.

Members of the Duke community who are engaged in research or clinical activities in South Korea and need to travel there should contact their dean, department chair or unit director to activate the process for an exception to this travel restriction.

This continues to be a rapidly evolving situation, and Duke officials are monitoring developments to protect the health and safety of the entire Duke community. We encourage you to visit the Duke Coronavirus Response website regularly for the latest updates regarding relevant university actions and policies.