Authorities in multiple cities in North America introduce stricter health screenings in international airports, Jan. 24. Delays possible.
Severity: Informational Alert
The locations affected by this alert are:
- Toronto, Ont.
- Vancouver, B.C.
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Chicago, Illinois
- Los Angeles, California
- New York City, New York
- San Francisco, California
- Montreal, Que.
This alert began 24 Jan 2020 13:40 GMT and is scheduled to expire 31 Jan 2020 23:59 GMT.
- Incident: Increased screenings
- Location(s): Multiple locations in the US, Canada, and Mexico
- Time Frame: Through at least late January
- Impact: Longer immigration wait times for travelers, especially those from China
Authorities in multiple cities in the US, Canada, and Mexico have introduced stricter health screenings in international airports, as of Jan. 24. The precaution follows an increase in reported cases of 2019 novel coronavirus in Wuhan and other eastern Chinese cities, as well as confirmed cases in other countries, and of people traveling from the affected regions.
The impacted airports are:
- United States: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), O'Hare International Airport in Chicago (ORD), John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York (JFK), and San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
- Canada: Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), Vancouver International Airport (YVR), and Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
- Mexico: Monterrey International Airport (MTY), Guadalajara International Airport (GDL), and Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Authorities may include airports in more cities in upcoming days. The stricter health screenings are likely to affect travelers from international destinations, especially those coming from China.
Follow all official instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings, especially if traveling from China. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with 2019 novel coronavirus, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.
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.