The Department of State has raised the Travel Advisory for mainland China to Level 3: Reconsider Travel due to the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning: Avoid all nonessential travel to mainland China. Chinese authorities are imposing quarantines and restricting travel throughout the country. Travelers to mainland China should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.
The State Department’s Travel Advisories for Hong Kong and Macau have not changed at this time. The Hong Kong and Macau governments have both placed restrictions on entry to their respective special administrative regions to individuals who have been to Hubei province, China within the previous 14 days. The Hong Kong government announced January 28 it will close temporarily certain transportation links and border checkpoints connecting Hong Kong with mainland China beginning January 30.
Hong Kong and Macau have both reported cases of the novel coronavirus in their special administrative regions. Hong Kong has declared the coronavirus outbreak to be an emergency, the highest response level, and may quarantine those it believes have been exposed to the coronavirus.
Actions to Take:
- Reconsider travel to mainland China. If you do travel, review the China International Travel Information website at travel.state.gov.
- Monitor the Hong Kong government’s website on the coronavirus infection.
- Monitor the Macau government’s website for updates on the coronavirus infection.
- If you traveled to Hubei province and feel sick, or were exposed to someone who was in Hubei province in the last six weeks who has fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical care immediately. For the most up-to-date information, consult the CDC website.
- CDC recommendations include frequent, thorough hand washing and cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).