The US Department of State's Travel advice its citizens to:

  • Not travel to China due to novel coronavirus.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • If you decide to travel to China discuss your travel with your healthcare provider.
  • Keep in mind that older adults and travelers with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease.
  • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Always follow the local authority instructions.
  • Closely monitor and for important information.

In case that someone is travelling to or returning from China amid the coronavirus, the Travel State recommends to:

  • Any U.S. citizen returning to the United States who has been in Hubei province, China in the previous 14 days may be subject to up to 14 days of quarantine.
  • Any U.S. citizen returning to the United States who has been in the rest of mainland China within the previous 14 days may undergo a health screening and possible self-quarantine.
  • Pay attention and read the Department of Homeland Security supplemental instructions for further details.
  • Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive updates.
  • Reconsider travel by cruise ship to or within Asia. U.S. citizens planning travel by cruise ship elsewhere should be aware that, due to the current public health situation, many countries have implemented strict screening procedures in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
  • Passengers who plan to travel by cruise ship should contact their cruise line companies directly for further information on the current rules and restrictions.

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