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Occasional Member - Level 1

Coronavirus - Business Travel

Good day,


I will apologize in advance if this post is being posted in the wrong forum...


As news of Coronavirus spreads, has your company made any decisions on banning or limiting business travel and groups/meetings?

If yes, would you be able to share/comment on extent of travel ban/restriction and organization(s) that you're getting guidance from (outside of WHO)?


 We are a Canadian-HQ'd company with a vast global footprint.

Thank you in advance,

Florence Wang

Sr Manager, Global Sourcing and Travel Management



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Re: Coronavirus - Business Travel

All international travel for US-based travelers requires approval from Corporate Security who go off of US State Department guidance. I am currently monitoring all travel booked through Asia in order to get a regional scope. We don't have direct visibility into travel booked by our team in New Zealand so the travel agency we partner with has been asked to inform us of any requests for travel through China.


Side note - We have Concur Locate implemented for our US-based employees and have plans to roll it out globally.

Occasional Member - Level 2

Re: Coronavirus - Business Travel

We are looking at a temporary restriction of travel to China and I am looking for the best way to do this.  We have Concur request and Locate.  China's current risk level is set to 3, but there is a level 5 risk notice issued for travelers from the US.  


to my knowledge, there is no way to manually changet he risk level of the country in Concur and the risk notice cannot be used to route requests to the risk manager.


I believe that i am left with a hard stop audit rule on the request and a travel rule restriction in our booking tool that would restrict booking to China.  We require out TMC to hae an approved request prior to booking any travel, so this will work, but I know that there are going to be exceptions made and i would prefer to have the request flow to the risk manager to address each situation individually.




I am also going to post this to a new thread, but since I read this thread, i thought that I would ask someoene directly about their opinion.