Travel Information and Tips

Travel Advisory: COVID-19 Concerns

HPU continues to monitor the health risks associated with traveling abroad amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In addition to the U.S. Department of State’s Level 4 Travel Advisory to not travel to the People’s Republic of China, students, faculty, and staff should reconsider travel to any area where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recognized ongoing community transmission of COVID-19.

The University is making a determination on any sponsored travel restrictions based on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advisory. All non-essential University-sponsored travel is prohibited to countries and regions with an alert posted at Level 2 or higher as listed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Additionally, any plans to host student or other visiting groups originating from region listed at an alert at Level 2 or higher as according to CDC should be reported to for review.

 Persons who are planning to travel should stay up to date with information related to COVID-19 by visiting the following websites:

Tips: Traveling Outside the U.S.

  • Ensure your health insurance covers medical care and expenses within the travel locale
  • In addition to health insurance, travel insurance is strongly recommended and includes coverage for unexpected travel expenses, cancellations, or delays and can be selected to assist with costs for emergency relocation or evacuation or return to the United States. This is separate from your health insurance and should be researched and purchased directly by you. Some recommendations for ease of reference and without endorsement include: AIG Travel Guard and Allianz Global Assistance. or

Prevention of Coronavirus (2019-nCOV; COVID-19), pursuant to World Health Organization (WHO) materials

 Standard recommendations to be followed for prevention of the spread of infection include:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing and follow with hand hygiene.
  • Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory illnesses.
  • Avoid crowded places especially within a closed and confined space, when possible.
  • Thoroughly cook meats and eggs and avoid eating raw meat, fish and eggs.
  • Avoid unnecessary exposure to animals and avoid petting animals.
  • Stay home when you are having symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Drink plenty of water and keep well hydrated.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect objects and surfaces touched by an infected person.

 The above measures are effective against all infectious agents, including Influenza A and B (“the flu”). WHO advised that if any traveler has symptoms suggestive of acute respiratory illness during their travel period or after returning, they should seek medical attention and highlight their recent travel to the medical personnel.

Alert the U.S. government of any international travel plans through the STEP program (applicable for U.S. citizens and nationals):

Benefits of Enrolling in STEP:

  • Receive information from the U.S. Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans
  • Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency
  • Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency