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February 28, 2020
To the University of Miami Community,

The University of Miami continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and University leaders are planning for a broad range of contingencies. We wanted to share with you important information regarding spring break and University-affiliated travel.

Following careful review of guidance from the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO), and out of an abundance of caution, the University is implementing the following updates to travel restrictions:
  • All University-affiliated travel to China, South Korea, Italy, Japan, and Iran is suspended, effective immediately.
  • The University strongly recommends that all students, staff, and faculty members avoid all personal travel to China, Iran, Italy, Japan, or South Korea.
  • Any member of the University community who travels to or from China, Iran, Italy, Japan, or South Korea is required to self-identify prior to returning to campus and will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Students returning from these countries must contact Student Health Service at; staff, faculty members, or visiting scholars returning from these regions must contact UHealth Infection Control at 786-427-5018.
In addition to these travel restrictions and previously announced actions, the University is implementing the following measures:
  • The University has suspended study abroad programs in Italy. All students enrolled in the Italy program are to return to their home locations in the United States or respective country by March 6, 2020.
  • Study abroad programs in China, Japan, and South Korea, scheduled to begin later this semester, also have been suspended.
  • The University is communicating directly with students in the impacted study abroad programs and is working with those students to ensure their safe return to the U.S. and to minimize disruption to their academic studies.
  • The Study Abroad office continues to work directly with students enrolled in global academic programs. Study abroad students who have questions should email
As a reminder, all members of the University community traveling abroad to countries not restricted above as part of academic programs or University business must receive approval in advance and must register their travel information with International SOS.

Public health advisories and health precautions can change with little notice. Anyone planning international travel should check the status of COVID-19 alerts and precautions at all destinations, including layovers, and continue to do so until their return to the U.S.

Students who have questions about their return from countries affected by COVID-19 should contact Student Health Service at University employees who have questions should contact UHealth Infection Control at 786-427-5018.

Official communications from the University regarding the COVID-19 outbreak can be found at

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