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March 12 email to University travelers in Europe, U.K.

Dear Princeton Travellers,

We are writing to you with an important and urgent update regarding the developing COVID-19 situation. At around 9 p.m. EDT March 11, 2020, the U.S. government issued a suspension of travel to the U.S. from Europe for the next 30 days starting Friday, March 13 at midnight. While the situation is still unfolding, we are asking that all travellers currently abroad in Europe and the U.K. return to their permanent residence as soon as possible. The ban is scheduled to go into effect on Friday, March 13 at midnight. Currently, the ban does not apply to travellers coming from the U.K., however, we are unsure how long that will remain the case and therefore strongly encourage anyone in the U.K. consider returning home as soon as possible as well.

After March 13, non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents travelling from Europe will not be permitted to enter the U.S. for 30 days. U.S. citizens will be permitted to enter, however, there are likely to be enhanced screening and quarantine requirements and we are unsure if the quarantine requirement can be carried out at home. 
 
We know that this news is distressing; it is important to act swiftly and try to remain calm. If you can change your flight yourself, please do so immediately by contacting the original source that issued your original ticket. If you cannot change your ticket or have a specific circumstance barring you from changing your ticket like immigration, travel and/or visa restrictions, or significant financial barriers please reach out to me directly.
 
If you booked your travel through World Travel, they are prepared to take your call;
 
World Travel at +1-484-722-6215 or +1-888-530-4087 (toll free)
  
We can only imagine how unsettling this new announcement is. We know this is a difficult situation, but please know that we are working hard to understand the full implications of the announcement and to support you in the coming days. Please take care of yourselves, check in with your loved ones and friends, and reach out to us with questions or concerns. Please continue to monitor the Princeton University COVID-19 website and the CDC travel advisories.
 
If you received this message in error, we apologize and ask for a little grace. We decided to cast as wide a net as possible in this messaging within an imperfect system.
 
Thank you for your flexibility and resilience during these unprecedented times. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at globalsafety@princeton.edu or response@princeton.edu.  
 
 
Sincerely, 
Kara 
 
Kara Amoratis
Associate Director; Global Safety & Security

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