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VUMC Travel Advisory Updates – as of May 26, 2020


Effective May 26, 2020:

If you choose to travel internationally during the COVID-19 pandemic, be aware of the following:

  1. US State Department Advisory Global Level 4: Do Not Travel remains in effect. Standing State Department guidance is as follows: “The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.” Read the full advisory here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html
  2. VUMC Global Support and International SOS efforts to assist you during an emergency while overseas may be substantially limited. Read here for ISOS capacity to support VUMC employees for an emergency evacuation in the COVID context: https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/evacuation-capability-statement
  3. There will likely be mandatory quarantine requirements in place at your destination. You are responsible for understanding those requirements and the relevant laws in effect at your destination prior to arrival. Review the most recent restrictions and  requirements for your destination here: https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening?_ga=2.257445323.1307076709.1588531184-1579083439.1588531184
  4. Two Presidential Proclamations have been issued restricting entry/re-entry to the United States from certain countries (UK, Ireland, Schengen Area countries, China, Iran and Brazil). To understand how these proclamations may impact your entry/return to the US, read here:
    1. March 14, 2020: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspension-entry-immigrants-nonimmigrants-certain-additional-persons-pose-risk-transmitting-coronavirus-2/
    2. May 24, 2020: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspension-entry-immigrants-nonimmigrants-certain-additional-persons-pose-risk-transmitting-novel-coronavirus/


Effective March 19, 2020:

  • The U.S. State Department has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel Global Health Advisory. This affects all international travel outside of the United States, regardless of destination.


Effective March 14, 2020:

  • An additional Presidential Proclamation has been issued restricting travel to the United States from the United Kingdom and Ireland (in addition to the European countries described in the March 11 Proclamation below). Please review the proclamation linked below and contact the VUMC COVID-19 hotline (888-312-0847) with questions or concerns.
  • See the March 14 Presidential Proclamation for additional detail
  • As reported in the March 11 edition of the MyVUMC Newsletterall VUMC-related business travel is prohibited.
    • This does not include travel between VUMC business locations.
    • Exceptions may only be granted by VUMC Executive Leadership.


Effective March 11, 2020:

  • A Presidential Proclamation has been issued restricting travel to the United States from specified countries. Please review the proclamation linked below and contact the VUMC COVID-19 hotline (888-312-0847) with questions or concerns.
  • The U.S. State Department is urging individuals to avoid all international travel regardless of location due to the coronavirus outbreak. The State Department has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory for all travel outside of the United States.


Effective March 9, 2020:

The coronavirus outbreak continues to evolve and is prompting periodic travel advisory updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This “Information for Travel” can be reviewed in detail at  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.  Guidance provided by the CDC informs VUMC’s efforts to keep all VUMC personnel aware of authoritative and current information.

Effective immediately and until further notice, all VUMC personnel are prohibited from VUMC travel to or through any country which is listed by the CDC as “Level 3” (currently China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy).  The CDC will update this list from time to time and persons considering international travel must be familiar with current CDC advisories.  In addition, VUMC personnel are strongly discouraged from personal travel to or through Level 3 areas.

VUMC personnel returning from Level 3 areas will be required to self-isolate at home for 14 days after leaving a Level 3 country.  Self-reporting of such travel to VUMC Occupational Health is required of all VUMC personnel before returning to the workplace.  Detailed information regarding this process is found at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-resource-articles/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-monitoring-employees.  Additional guidance can be obtained by calling the VUMC COVID-19 hotline at 888-312-0847.

For all other travel, the March 2 guidance provided below remains in effect.  With the exceptions noted above, VUMC’s current stance is not to prohibit/restrict travel by VUMC employees but to ask that individuals exercise best judgment in deciding whether to travel. It is advisable to form this judgment by carefully weighing several important considerations. 

Among these are:

  • Do the proposed plans include travel through or in areas of documented coronavirus cases?  
  • What is the perceived likelihood that circumstances would develop to delay or prevent your scheduled return from the travel destination?
  • What would be the consequences of mandated quarantine?
  • If one were to become ill while away, would there be access to satisfactory medical care or the opportunity for evacuation to a location where care could be provided?
  • What expenses would be incurred by an undesired event while traveling?

Please be aware that the circumstances and facts related to coronavirus are fluid and evolving quickly.  Because of this, VUMC’s stance on travel is subject to change as warranted.

Further updates to this travel advisory will be provided as indicated.


Effective March 2, 2020:

The United States has imposed travel restrictions and quarantines on individuals entering the United States from China and Iran. Read details of these restrictions in the Presidential Proclamation.

The U.S. State Department is urging individuals to avoid all travel to certain locations due to the novel coronavirus outbreak currently underway. The State Department has issued advisories at Level 4: Do not travel for the following locations:

  • China (countrywide):  See the China Travel Advisory for the full advisory.
     
  • Italy (Lombardy and Veneto): See the Italy Travel Advisory for the full advisory.
    Note that all other locations in Italy are under Level 3: Reconsider travel.

  • South Korea (Daegu): See the South Korea Travel Advisory for the full advisory.
    Note that all other locations in South Korea are under Level 3: Reconsider travel.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Warning Level 3: Avoid nonessential travel to China, Iran, Italy and South Korea and a Level 2: Practice Enhanced Precautions in Japan. The CDC has established online resources with valuable information for travelers:

  1. CDC - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
  2. CDC - Travel Guidance

If you are considering travel to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong or Macau, please immediately reach out to our office: julie.lankford@vumc.org

Please review the most recent updates related to COVID-19, provided for VUMC Employees here:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Employee-Only Information
     
    • Scroll down to the "Employee Travel" section of the link above to find the latest guidance for:

      1) employees returning from travel (anywhere outside the Nashville region), and

      2) post-exposure monitoring process