Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Officials impose strict movement, business controls in Suifenhe, Heilongjiang Province, China, from April 8 over coronavirus concerns.

This alert affects Jiamusi, Heilongjiang Province

This alert began 08 Apr 2020 11:27 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Suifenhe, Heilongjiang Province (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Movement restrictions, transport and business disruptions, increased security

Summary
Authorities have imposed movement and transport restrictions in Suifenhe, Heilongjiang Province, as of April 8 to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measure comes amid reports that Chinese nationals have been crossing the border from Russia, spiking COVID-19 cases in the city, which is approximately 275 km (170 miles) south-southeast of Jiamusi. State-owned media reports that authorities have closed the border crossing in the city through at least April 13.

Residents in the city are required to stay at home; only one person per family can leave home every three days to purchase essential goods. Authorities will likely require temperature scans in public areas. Officials could erect roadblocks and restrict private vehicle usage in the city. Heightened security is highly likely, as security personnel will probably deploy to enforce movement restrictions and conduct temperature and identification checks.

There have been no immediate reports of business closures, but commercial disruptions are likely due to movement restrictions. Significant transport and supply chain disruptions are possible in Suifenhe and nearby areas, especially if officials also restrict cross-border cargo shipments. It remains unclear how long the restrictions will remain in effect.

Advice
If possible, postpone travel to the region until authorities lift movement restrictions. Confirm travel reservations in Suifenhe and nearby areas. Follow all official instructions. Remain polite and nonconfrontational if questioned by security personnel. Avoid crowded areas as a precaution. Stock up on essential supplies whenever possible. Plan for shipping disruptions at Suifenhe Port and border crossing.