Ask an Advisor: Will the Coronavirus Ban affect my Upcoming Travel Plans?

Question: I am planning to travel outside the U.S. for Spring Break but am worried about the Coronavirus ban. Will this affect me?

Answer:   This has been a very difficult time for many of our students. Our hearts go out to our campus community, their loved ones and the people from around the world who have been affected by the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus. Please know that if you are feeling overwhelmed by these recent events there are resources on campus to assist you (Student Counseling, CHAT, Let’s Talk).

It has also has caused a lot of anxiety in thinking about plans for the near future.  But, one thing you shouldn’t worry too much about this spring break, is the travel ban.

First, let’s see what the travel ban says:

On January 31, 2020, a travel ban went into effect that suspends entry into the United States of all immigrants, nonimmigrants, and other non U.S. citizens, with certain exceptions, who have been physically present within the People’s Republic of China, during the 14-day period preceding their entry into the U.S.

Most importantly, the travel ban does not specifically apply to Chinese nationals or any other foreign nationals from a specific country. It only applies to individuals who have been physically present in China in the 14 days immediately before their return to the U.S.

So what does this mean for your Spring Break Travel?

At this point in time, we have no reason to believe that the travel ban will affect your plans to travel outside the U.S. for your Spring Break destinations (Unless of course your plan is to travel into China – the area affected by the ban). Again, the travel ban is not specific to your nationality which means your nationality alone is not a reason to prevent you from reentering the U.S.

Remember, your Spring Break is your time to relax, rest and kick back. Oh, and to tag us @WASHUOISS on IG to share your fun moments with us!

Written by: Lara Jennings, International Student & Scholar Advisor

Date: 02-21-2020