Concerning the coronavirus in China

29 January 2020

Norwegian autorities advice against travel to China, not including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, which is not strictly necessary and is constantly assessing the need to update this travel advice. BI is closely following developments in China and is in dialogue with partner universities.

BI has established a taskforce with representatives from Organization and HR, International office, Counselling and Corporate Communications to monitor the situation and be ready to put in place additional precautionary measures should the need arise.  

30.01.2020: Update from the Norwegian Government regarding the coronavirus (in Norwegian).

For long-term stays, follow the advice of local health authorities (information published on the National Institute of Public Health’s webpage on Tuesday January 28 2020) and the World Health Organization.

The students safety is BI's highest priority. BI follows the advice and information given by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and we recommend our students to pay attention to their updates. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs published Monday January 27 the following information regarding travels to China:

The 2019-nCoV coronavirus, which originated in the city of Wuhan in the Hubei Province, was later detected in several locations in China. A number of measures and restrictions on transport are now being introduced to prevent the spread of the infection. All transport to/from Wuhan and several other cities in Hubei Province has been stopped. Other cities in the country have also implemented measures. The Hong Kong authorities has introduced emergency plans and will keep schools closed.

Norwegian citizens traveling in China, including Hong Kong, should follow advice given by the authorities and be prepared for delays and other disadvantages due to restrictions. Travelers are also encouraged to register on in case of important updates from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

BI has 12 students on exchange in China during the spring semester 2020, in Macau and Suzhou respectively. BI has a good dialogue with the students and has initiated additional contingency plans. It is encouraged to pay close attention to advice, travel information and any travel restrictions from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Contact information:

Students on exchange and next of kin:

Students that are concerned and need someone to talk to:


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