Georgia suspends flights to and from China through March 29 to prevent spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Severity: Informational Alert
This alert began 21 Feb 2020 15:45 GMT and is scheduled to expire 29 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.
- Incident: Travel restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Through March 29
- Impact: Entry restrictions; likely increased immigration wait times
Georgia has banned direct air travel to and from China through March 29 in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country. The banning order only applies to direct flights. Travelers who have recently visited China and return to Georgia via another country will likely be subject to health screenings, including thermal imaging, at border control. Though unconfirmed, the possibility of authorities quarantining individuals displaying flu-like symptoms cannot be ruled out.
The ban comes amid the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, which originated in China's Wuhan City in Hubei Province. The WHO has declared the virus a global health emergency.
Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone planned travel to Georgia. Follow all official immigration and health screening 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 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.