Travelling to a coronavirus affected area? Heres what you need to know and how to protect yourself from coronavirus exposure. If you have absolutely no choice on travelling to the PRC we’ve prepared a detailed post for you to protect yourself from coronavirus infection here.
Travellers to China:
It is strongly recommended that travellers avoid all travel to the PRC (China), however this does not include the SAR of Hong Kong and Macau, or Taiwan.
Apart from that many airlines both in Europe, the US, Australia and other countries have either cancelled flights to China or reduced them to a minimum.
Travellers from China
To slow the spreading of the 2019 novel coronavirus into the United States, Europe and Australian (as well as many other countries) local health authorities are working with public health partners to implement new travel procedures.
• Foreigners who have visited China in the past 14 days may not enter the United States.
• American citizens, lawful permanent residents, and their families who have been in China in the past 14 days will be allowed to enter the United States, but will be redirected to one of 11 airports to undergo health screening. Depending on their health and travel history, they will have some level of restrictions on their movements for 14 days from the time they left China.
If you are in the second group above and are traveling to the United States:
• Your travel will be redirected to one of 11 U.S. airports where CDC has quarantine stations.
• You will be asked about your health and travel in the past 14 days.
• In most cases you will be screened for fever, cough, or trouble breathing.
Depending on your health and travel history:
• Regardless of your nationality, you will have some restrictions on your movement for a period of 14 days from the time you left China when entering your home country.
Travellers who have been in Hubei Province in the past 14 days:
• If you have fever, cough, or trouble breathing most likely staff at the airport will evaluate you for illness. You will be taken to a medical facility for further evaluation and care. You will not be able to complete your travel itinerary.
• If you do not have symptoms (fever, cough, trouble breathing): You will be placed under a federal, state or local quarantine order for a 14-day period from the time you left China. You may not be able to complete your travel itinerary until the 14-day period has elapsed.
Travellers from other parts of China (outside Hubei Province) in the last 14 days:
• If you have fever, cough, or trouble breathing: Staff at the airport will evaluate you for illness. You will be taken to a medical facility for further evaluation and care. You may not be able to complete your travel itinerary.
• If you do not have symptoms you will be allowed to reach your final destination in most cases. After arrival at your final destination, you will be asked to monitor your health for a period of 14 days from the time you left China. You will receive a health information card that tells you what symptoms to look for and what to do if you develop symptoms.
During that time, you should stay home and limit interactions with others as much as possible. Your state or local health department will contact you for further follow up.
Generally we’d recommend you stay at home during this period, watch some Netlfix, make yourself some Americano coffee and wait it out. Apart from that, we’ve prepared a detailed guide on all basics on how to protect yourself from the coronavirus here: