Italy suspends flights to and from China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan through April 28 to prevent spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 02 Feb 2020 09:37 GMT and is scheduled to expire 02 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: Jan. 31
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; likely increased immigration wait times

Summary
Italy banned air travel to and from China late Jan. 30 in an effort to prevent the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and after two Chinese tourists tested positive for the coronavirus in Italy. The banning order also reportedly applies to Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan and will run Feb. 2-April 28. Italy has also closed its Italian Visa Centers in China through Feb. 9.

Advice
Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone planned travel to Italy. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with 2019-nCoV, 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.

Resources
Italian Embassy in China: ambpechino.esteri.it