Category: University News

Title: Guidelines for University Visitors, Visiting Groups and Hosts

Date Published: February 12, 2020

In response to the emerging outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a new strain of a well-known virus, coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan, China, Georgetown is taking proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of our community. You can find university updates, answers to frequently asked questions and other university resources related to coronavirus on the Georgetown University website. If you have any questions, please contact Marc Barbiere, director of emergency management.

Out of an abundance of caution we ask all hosts of visitors and visiting groups to follow the guidelines below.

For international scholars and visitors to campus:

  • Provide your campus host with a complete and full travel itinerary and history including arrival dates and locations within the United States and internationally.
  • Review CDC information and advice on coronavirus, flu season and prevention.
  • Allow extra time when passing through airports, taking into account temperature and health screenings that many international airports have implemented since the COVID-19 outbreak began.
  • Do not travel if you are sick; travelers who are sick face the risk of being quarantined and tested.
  • Monitor the latest information on the virus, as well as quarantine and isolation procedures being implemented, at airports of your destination and the point of origin.
  • If you become sick during your visit, immediately contact your campus host and seek medical care. Alert the health care provider of your symptoms and recent travel history.

For campus hosts to international scholars and visitors:

  • Share this information with your visitor(s) for awareness.
  • For groups that include international visitors, obtain travel and arrival details, including arrival dates, a full travel itinerary and travel history for your guest’s or group’s visit.
  • Share visitors’ information with the university online registry for international visitors.
  • Notify university colleagues of visitors:
    • Health issues: University Public Health Officer, Vince WinklerPrins, MD
    • Students and student group visitors: Director of Global Services, Vanessa Meyers
    • Non-student visitors and groups, faculty and staff: Director of Global Services, Vanessa Meyers
    • J-1 and F-1 visa holders and visiting scholars: Director of International Student and Scholar Services, Rachel Rubin
    • Other university guests: Director of Global Services, Vanessa Meyers
  • Ensure you and your visitor(s) have exchanged local contact information and other important details prior to arrival.
  • Establish a communication plan with your visitor(s) for arrival, accounting for any immigration issues, health screening, health issues or travel delays.
  • Refer any ill individuals to local health care facilities. Contact the university chief public health officer, Vince WinklerPrins, MD, if there are any concerns for possible coronavirus infection.