Authorities in North America continue increased screenings, restrictions in airports for travelers, due to COVID-19, as of March 2.

Severity: Warning Alert

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Mexico City
  • Toronto, Ont.
  • Vancouver, B.C.
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Washington, DC
  • Calgary, Alta.
  • Halifax, N.S.
  • Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • New York City, New York
  • San Francisco, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Cancun
  • Guadalajara
  • Monterrey
  • Tijuana
  • Ottawa, Ont.
  • Quebec City, Que.
  • Montreal, Que.
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • Winnipeg, Man.
  • Edmonton, Alta.

This alert began 02 Mar 2020 15:17 GMT and is scheduled to expire 03 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions, increased health screenings
  • Location(s): Multiple locations in the US, Canada, and Mexico (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite as of March 2
  • Impact: Increased immigration and customs screening times; potential quarantine measures; possible flight disruptions

Summary
Authorities in the US, Canada, and Mexico are likely to continue implementing travel restrictions and additional health screening measures through March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The duration of the measures will likely depend on the course of the outbreak in China and other countries.

US:

Entry Restrictions

US authorities have suspended and limited entry for foreign nationals who have traveled in China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), as well as for foreign nationals who have traveled in Iran, within 14 days of arrival. US citizens who have traveled to China's Hubei Province within 14 days of arrival will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Any US citizen who has traveled elsewhere in China within the same period will undergo a health screening upon entry and will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that incoming flights from China are limited to landing in the following 11 airports only: New York John F. Kennedy International (JFK), Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International (ATL), Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA), Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International (HNL), Los Angeles International (LAX), San Francisco International (SFO), Chicago O'Hare International (ORD), Washington Dulles International (IAD), Newark Liberty International (EWR), Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW), and Detroit Metropolitan (DTW).

Travel Advisories

  • China: Level 4 - Do Not Travel due to COVID-19
  • Iran: US government already maintains a Level 4 - Do Not Travel advisory for Iran. The US State Department advises increased caution in Iran due to an outbreak of COVID-19.
  • South Korea: Level 3 - Reconsider travel to South Korea due to an outbreak of COVID-19. Level 4 - Do Not Travel advisory for Daegu.
  • Italy: Level 3 - Reconsider travel to Italy due to an outbreak of COVID-19. Level 4 - Do Not Travel advisory for Lombardy and Veneto.
  • Mongolia: Level 3- Reconsider Travel in Mongolia due to travel and transport restrictions related to Mongolia's response to COVID-19.


Canada:

Screening Measures

Canada has not suspended or limited entry for foreign nationals arriving in the country, due to COVID-19. The majority of travelers from Hubei Province would likely arrive at Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal international airports; nonetheless, increased measures have been implemented at 10 Canadian airports, including Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ), Calgary International Airport (YYC), Edmonton International Airport (YEG), Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL), Ottawa International Airport (YOW), Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB), Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), and Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Travelers appearing to be symptomatic for an infectious illness will be directed to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) for in-depth examination per the nation's standard procedures in such cases. Canadian officials advise travelers arriving in the country to monitor their health for fever, cough, and difficulty breathing for 14 days after arrival.

Travel Advisories

  • China: Avoid nonessential travel to China; avoid all travel to Hubei Province. Contact the public health authority in the province or territory where of residence within 24 hours of arriving in Canada. Limit contact with others for 14 days after the day of leaving Hubei Province.
  • Iran: Avoid all nonessential travel to Iran.
  • Northern Italy: Avoid all nonessential travel to northern Italy, including the provinces of Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and Trentino-Alto Adige/Sudtiro.
  • South Korea: Avoid all nonessential travel to Daegu and Cheongdo


Mexico:

Mexico has not suspended or limited entry for foreign nationals arriving in the country, due to COVID-19. Officials have advised Mexican nationals to avoid or postpone visits to China's Hubei Province. There have been no substantial increased health measures reported at international airports in Mexico.

Countries could expand their response in the coming days, particularly if the number of cases in-country increases. The measures are unlikely to impact most travelers but may lead to immigration delays and possible quarantine of at least 14 days, especially for passengers from China. Several airlines have suspended or limited flights to China in the region through April, which could impact travel itineraries.

Advice
Confirm entry requirements before embarking on travel to the region. Follow all official instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny, delays, and potential quarantine.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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