USC advice regarding travel

From: Anthony Bailey, Vice President for Strategic and Global Initiatives

I want to make sure that all employees receive timely and accurate information about the travel advisory regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. The U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4 travel advisory for China advising U.S. citizens not to travel to China at this time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has advised against non-essential travel.

(Note: Starting on Feb. 28, USC has implemented a standalone website to make it easier to get updates about current university policy and activity regarding COVID-19. Visit the website,, for the latest information.)

When the U.S. State Department raised the travel advisory status to Level 3, we suspended university-related student travel to China.

Now that the United States is at a Level 4 travel advisory, the university is directing faculty and staff to postpone any non-essential, university-related travel to China until these travel warnings are lifted.

We understand there are university faculty and staff who may need to travel for research, patient care, or other essential issues related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. If you plan to travel to China, you should contact me at (213) 740-2852 so the university is aware of your plans.

We may have to put further restrictions in place as the situation evolves.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of the travel safety information we provide for our community. We have information available about travel safety and policies in several places, including our duty of care program, emergency supportinsuranceand International SOS. Detailed information is available on the Travel & Expense section of the Business Services website. The USC Office of Compliance offers important information on complying with international travel restrictions.

We will continue to update you on the situation on the university’s website.


Individuals in Orange County and Los Angeles County in southern California — and an individual in Santa Clara County in northern California — have been confirmed as testing positive with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the local county public health departments. The following information is also confirmed:

  • There is no evidence that person-to-person transmission has occurred from these cases.
  • There is no known connection from affected individuals with USC.
  • USC is in regular contact with our local public health officials and will update the community with any new developments.