Updated 31 March 2020
As you are likely already aware, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic, and now there are many restrictions on travel and in-person convening.
The health and safety of our event participants is of paramount importance to IEEE. We will continue to monitor travel advisories issued by WHO and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as heed the guidance of local and regional authorities. We will continue to work with our partners at San Diego Convention Center to remain current on the city’s preparedness to deal with any needs.
Additionally, at this time, the Organizing Committee of 2020 WIE ILC, originally scheduled for May 19 – 20 is discussing the potential to either postpone, virtually conduct or cancel this year’s event should that become a necessity. This decision will be reached after carefully considering all available information and consulting with the event’s sponsors. At this time, we expect to be able to provide an update on our plans on or about mid-April.
Travel Booking Guidance
At this time, we encourage you to book a flight that offers a refund or no change fee, or to hold off until a decision is reached. Some airlines may offer refunds if travel is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check with your airline provider for details.
It is unlikely that travel insurance coverage will apply to cancellation of your trip due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is because the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer an “unexpected event.” Generally, fear of travel is not a covered event under most policies. Please read all travel insurance policies thoroughly.
We urge all travelers to keep informed on risks, precautions, and symptoms to make educated decisions. Travelers can check for updated information on the following sites:
World Health Organization’s website on the COVID-19 pandemic: (https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus)
Centers for Disease Control’s reference materials: (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html)
U.S. Department of State COVID-19 Travel Advisories: (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html)