Travel Notices and Alerts
Please see below for important information regarding recent travel notices and alerts that may affect KSU travelers. If you have any questions, concerns or comments on the below information, please contact our office.
Non-Emergency: Contact OISS Offices at (470) 578-6336 during KSU Business Hours
Novel Coronavirus in China
This statement has been updated on February 5, 2020.
On Jan. 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) upgraded its Level 3 Warning: Avoid Nonessential Travel to include all of China. On Jan. 30, the U.S. Department of State issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for travel to China.
The university strongly encourages all members of the Kennesaw State University community to reconsider travel to China at this time due to the uncertain and evolving nature of the coronavirus outbreak situation. Additional travel restrictions may be implemented with little to no advance warning. The university has limited capacity to assist travelers impacted by delays or quarantine abroad. KSU is monitoring the situation on a daily basis.
1. EDUCATION ABROAD PROGRAMS
Out of an abundance of caution and in consideration of the health and safety of KSU students, Summer 2020 education abroad programming in China has been canceled. The Education Abroad Office will work together with impacted students, faculty, and their departments to identify suitable alternatives.
2. FACULTY AND STAFF TRAVEL
At the present time, all requests for university employees to travel to China must be pre-approved and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Office of International Safety & Security at 470-578-3785 or firstname.lastname@example.org to initiate the travel approval process.
Travelers wishing to cancel booked travel to China or elsewhere due to concerns over coronavirus MUST contact the Office of Fiscal Services – Travel at 470-578-4394 or email@example.com before canceling with Travel, Inc. (Concur) to avoid cancellation fees.
For any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of International Safety & Security.
Heightened Tensions in Middle East
Kennesaw State University is actively monitoring the heightened tensions in Iraq and the Middle East. The primary resources being monitored include the U.S. Department of State and we are drawing information provided by our international security consultants. The Office of International Safety & Security works closely with the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), a division of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in the U.S. Department of State, in order to properly assess any emerging threats that could pose hazard to our students, faculty or staff. At this point, the university has not cancelled or relocated any programming.
While we are not aware of any current and credible threats impacting our students, faculty or staff, it is prudent to keep in mind the following personal security actions to follow on a regular basis where ever you travel.
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Keep a low profile
- Stay alert in public places, including schools, hospitals, government facilities, places of worship, tourist locations, and transportation hubs
- Review and alter travel routes and times to reduce time and place predictability
- Avoid crowds and demonstrations
- Exercise caution when walking or driving at night
- Implement the Buddy-System
- Carry proper ID
- Review your personal security plans
- Monitor local media, both print, TV and radio, for updates
- Review the US Department of State Worldwide Caution
The Office of International Safety & Security will provide updates of any developments to this webpage as needed.
Civil Unrest in Chile
The Office of International Safety & Security is currently monitoring the civil unrest in Chile and is aware of the constitutional referendum tentatively scheduled for April 26, 2020. At present, the Department of State travel advisory remains at a Level 2 and U.S. citizens are advised to take general precautions to avoid the vicinity of any demonstrations or protests as they occur. Demonstration alerts will be issued by the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile.
Travelers to Chile are strongly encouraged to enroll their travel with the Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) and follow local media for the most up-to-date information regarding active protests.
Ongoing Protest in Hong Kong
The Office of International Safety & Security is monitoring the events in Hong Kong carefully. At this time, the country remains at a Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution per the U.S. Department of State travel advisory system. However, travelers should be aware that ongoing protests may continue and have the possibility to escalate. Several universities have temporarily suspended in person classes in preference of remote studies for the remainder of the term. Travelers are urged to exercise caution specifically around MTR stations, shopping malls, and at the Hong Kong International Airport.
Travelers to Hong Kong should:
Avoid the areas of demonstrations
Exercise caution if you are in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests
Be aware of your surroundings
Keep a low profile
Review your flight status with your airline or at the Hong Kong International Airport website
Be prepared to shelter in place and have access to sufficient supplies of food, water, medication as well as keep phones charged
Have a contingency plan for emergency situations
Statement on Yellow Fever
There is currently a worldwide shortage of Yellow Fever vaccination. The government has made available an alternative vaccination, Stamaril, at select locations across the United States. To locate a Stamaril clinic, please visit the CDC website.
Locations proximate to Kennesaw State University include:
- Dekalb County Board of Health
(T.O. Vinson Health Center)
440 Winn Way
Decatur, GA 30030
- Passport Health
990 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Suite 4
Roswell, GA 30071
- Emory Travel Well Center
550 Peachtree St NE 7th Floor
Atlanta GA 30308
*Please be advised that most locations will charge a travel consultation or office visit fee in addition to the cost of the vaccination. For groups of travelers needing to obtain Stamaril, it is advisable to inquire about the possibility of arranging and obtaining a discount for a group consultation visit.
- Dekalb County Board of Health
CDC Level 2 Polio Travel Alerts
A series of travel notices have been posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to Polio in multiple countries. The CDC guidance is multi-layered and contains the following recommendations:
- Travelers who have never been vaccinated against polio traveling to a country with a polio outbreak are advised to obtain the vaccination.
- Adult travelers who were vaccinated against the disease during childhood are still currently advised to obtain a one-time adult booster prior to travel, for any duration abroad in a country experiencing an outbreak.
- Adult travelers who will be in a country experiencing an outbreak for more than 4 weeks may be required to show proof of vaccination or booster upon exiting the country. In order to meet this requirement, the traveler most procure proof of an initial vaccination or booster obtained within 4-weeks to 12-months prior to their date of departure. Exiting travelers unable to demonstrate proof of vaccination in the previous 12-month period may be required to obtain the vaccination locally in order to exit the country.
The Office of International Safety & Security advises that travelers speak directly about this during a pre-departure travel consultation at the Student Health Center or with a preferred provider.