University Statement of Feb. 28, 2020: Coronavirus Travel Restrictions Expanded

Embry-Riddle is continuing to closely adhere to all health and travel advisories concerning the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The risk to our community remains low, with no reported cases of COVID-19 in Volusia County, Fla., or Yavapai County, Ariz., where Embry-Riddle’s residential campuses are located.

Embry-Riddle is monitoring a wide range of travel, including university-sponsored business trips as well as study abroad and international exchange programs. With Embry-Riddle’s Spring Break scheduled for March 9-13, please review carefully the following information on university-sponsored as well as personal travel.

University Travel

All university-sponsored travelers must request permission—before purchasing tickets—to travel to any countries that have been identified as a Level 2 or higher threat by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or as a Level 3 or higher threat by the U.S. Department of State (DoS).

The CDC has issued a Level 3 advisory for Korea. It issued Level 2 advisories for Japan, Italy and Iran. China is currently rated Level 3 by the CDC and Level 4 by the DoS. All university-sponsored travel to these regions will require advance approval. University-sponsored travel to or through China or Korea will likely not be approved at this time, but a Safety Review Board will review all requested travel permissions.

It is the traveler’s responsibility to review the CDC and DoS websites to determine whether permission is required. Send travel permission requests to

Personal Travel and Visitors

University community members who travel for personal reasons to South Korea, Japan, and/or China are strongly urged to contact the Embry-Riddle health services unit on their campus regarding their plans. (See below all for relevant telephone numbers.)

Embry-Riddle has put a protocol in place for new students, international scholars or others who will be arriving on our campuses from South Korea, Japan, and/or China. Please review the protocol on ERNIE.

Any person traveling from CDC-designated Level 3 countries (such as China or South Korea, currently) should self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for fever or shortness of breath. If illness occurs, stay in place and notify your local health department for further instructions. If possible, please notify your campus health service department as well.

Faculty or staff who have concerns about a student who is showing symptoms after being in China, South Korea, Japan, Italy or Iran should isolate the student and contact Embry-Riddle health services as well as the local health department.

Important Phone Numbers

  • Division of International Programs, Daytona Beach – (386) 323-8133
  • Center for International Programs & Services, Prescott – (928) 777-3429
  • Embry-Riddle Health Services Department, Daytona Beach – (386) 226-7917
  • Embry-Riddle Wellness Center, Prescott – (928) 777-6653
  • Florida Department of Health – (386) 316-5030
  • Arizona Department of Health Services – (602) 542-1025
  • Embry-Riddle Campus Safety, Daytona Beach – (386) 226-SAFE (7233)
  • Embry-Riddle Campus Safety, Prescott – (928) 777-3333
  • Media Queries – Ginger Pinholster – (386) 226-4811
  • Special Travel Permissions – Email

To avoid the spread of all illnesses, thank you for continuing to take common-sense precautions such as rigorous, frequent hand-washing and getting flu shots.

Any updates concerning the novel coronavirus will be posted to ERNIE and communicated via other appropriate channels such as email and social media.