The U.S. State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended that all non-essential travel to China be deferred due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.  Therefore, effective immediately, Duke University is restricting all university-funded travel to China.

This restriction covers all travel to China 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 China to carefully review the latest health information from U.S. government sources, and be aware that anyone returning from China 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 China and need to travel there urgently in the next several weeks should contact their dean, department chair or unit director to activate the process for an exception to this travel restriction.

As you know, this is a rapidly evolving situation and the university leadership is monitoring developments to protect the health and safety of the entire Duke community.  We encourage you to visit https://sites.duke.edu/coronavirus/ regularly for the latest updates regarding relevant university actions and policies.

Sally A. Kornbluth, Provost

Eugene Washington, Chancellor for Health Affairs