Can UAntwerp students and staff travel to China/Asia?
On 23 January 2020, UAntwerp decided to temporarily suspend all planned travel to China for the purposes of study, research or conferences until further notice.
The main reason behind this decision is not just the risk of infection with 2019-nCoV, but also the unpredictable nature of the epidemic and the associated risk of social disruption in the affected areas, including difficulties in getting medical treatment when hospitals are overburdened by 2019-nCoV patients or quarantine restrictions, which make it impossible to travel back home.
This measure was not taken lightly and its necessity will be constantly evaluated.
Preparations for travel later in the year (e.g. selections for the summer schools taking place in China) can still be made, but it is best to wait before purchasing tickets and making other financial commitments until the situation has improved and the travel ban is lifted, or take out cancellation insurance.
UAntwerp-related travel by students and staff to other Asian countries can continue until further notice.