From: UCSD Pediatrics <>

Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 3:56 PM

To: _DOP_Department (A-Z)

Subject: Department of Pediatrics NEWS FLASH: Coronavirus & Travel


Importance: High


Department of Pediatrics



     Coronavirus (COVID-19)

     & UC Travel Information













Given the rapidly changing conditions of the COVID-19 global outbreak, University of California President Janet Napolitano issued a directive for all members of the UC community:

o   Faculty are instructed to avoid all non-essential, university-related travel to countries that have COVID-19 Level 3 Travel Health Notices: China, Iran, Italy and South Korea and COVID-19 Level 2 Health Notices which currently includes Japan.

o   All faculty and academic appointees are requested to obtain prior approval for all essential travel to these countries until further notice. Essential travel does not include travel to attend educational conferences in these countries.

o   To request pre-approval for essential travel, academic appointees must contact Aditi Zaveri at, who will facilitate routing and approval for these requests.  

UC Travel has posted detailed information regarding how to reconcile expenses for canceled or postponed travel bookings due to COVID-19

         Step by step detailed instructions can be found here on BLINK.

The University urges all faculty, academic appointees and staff to consider whether any mode of personal travel is necessary and encourages the campus community to seek alternatives to business-related travel such as virtual meetings or conference calls.   

Visit the UC San Diego News Center for the latest information on this quickly changing situation.



Department of Pediatrics Communications:  Debbie Taheri