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IU increases travel restrictions as coronavirus continues to spread



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An illustration of a coronavirus strain. IU is banning all travel to countries that have been placed on a level three travel advisory by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to an IU public safety advisory email sent Feb. 28. Illustration by Carson TerBush

IU is banning all travel to South Korea, due to it being placed on a level three travel advisory by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to an IU public safety advisory email sent Feb 28. China maintains its status on the list.

The release warns travelers to be aware that there are possibilities of new travel restrictions, transportation cancellations or quarantine requirements that could be put in place while travelers are overseas.

The email said everyone returning from a country on a CDC level two or three travel advisory needs to quarantine themselves for 14 days before returning to campus. They will also need to complete a secure IU Traveler Information Form, so the university’s public health team can be in touch with them. 

The form asks about their plans to travel outside the U.S. because of the potential threat of becoming stranded in another country, should travel restrictions increase during their trip. 

"While the risk of coronavirus COVID-19 in the U.S. remains low at this time, Indiana University continues to prepare for a potential outbreak," the statement reads.

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