Current FCO guidance as of 28 January 2020 advises against all but essential travel to mainland China (not including Hong Kong or Macao).
Check latest advice and complete a risk assessment
It is unlikely University travel will be considered essential, if however travel is required in the coming weeks, please ensure you check for the updated advice prior to confirming your travel arrangements.
If you are travelling for work, or as part of your course, you need to complete a risk assessment before you travel.
Staff undertaking business travel should complete and submit a travel application form prior to travel and review travel advice from the Foreign Office and Public Health England.
You will also need to self-isolate on return following a visit to Wuhan.
Guidance if you're unable to return to China from the UK
The UK government has published new guidance on immigration provisions made by the Home Office for individuals in the UK who are unable to return to China.
This guidance relates to visa-related issues which including:
- Chinese nationals in the UK whose visa has recently expired or is about to expire
- Non-Chinese, non-EEA nationals in the UK normally resident in China
- Licensed Tier 2, Tier 4 or Tier 5 sponsors: absences due to coronavirus
Find out more on the GOV.UK website.
Reducing the risk of contracting coronavirus and other viruses
The WHO has published standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices.
- Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough.
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.
- The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.
If you fall ill whilst visiting an affected region you must seek medical advice and inform travel insurers as necessary.