Officials in Beijing impose 14-day quarantines on international arrivals from March 11. Further controls continue elsewhere in China.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 11 Mar 2020 16:13 GMT and is scheduled to expire 03 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Precautionary transport, movement, and gathering restrictions
  • Location(s): Mainland China (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and transport disruptions, supply chain interruptions

Summary
Authorities in Beijing, China, are requiring international travelers, regardless of nationality, to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period upon arrival in the city from March 11. Business travelers planning to stay in the city for fewer than 14 days are to be sent to designated hotels, where they will be required to stay until they are confirmed to be free of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The restrictions were imposed after multiple imported COVID-19 cases were reported. Chinese authorities in additional locations outside of Beijing are likely to impose additional control measures and quarantines on inbound international travelers in the coming days and weeks.

Additionally, officials in multiple municipalities, provinces, and autonomous regions have maintained mandatory 14-day quarantines on travelers arriving from Italy, Iran, South Korea, and Japan. As of March 11, such measures have been implemented by officials in Shanghai, Shandong, Liaoning, Hainan, Jilin, Sichuan, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Ningxia, Hunan, Shaanxi, and parts of Heilongjiang. Officials are also conducting health screenings, including body temperature scans, on all inbound passengers from international locations at ports of entry nationwide. Chinese authorities may impose additional control measures on inbound international travel in the coming days and weeks.

As of March 11, authorities are continuing to enforce localized transport and movement restrictions, as well as quarantine measures in parts of mainland China to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While movement controls have gradually been eased in most locations, stringent restrictions effectively banning all outbound travel from Hubei Province remain in effect. Previous measures imposed in multiple cities outside of Hubei requiring residents to remain in their homes and limit their movement in public to one person per household once every two days have been lifted. Nevertheless, most large cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen, have continued monitoring the movement and location of residents by conducting identification checks and health screenings at residential complexes. Inter-city transport disruptions continue, and some municipalities, especially in Zhejiang Province, continue to suspend public transport networks. The duration, geographic range, and severity of movement restrictions will likely depend on the extent of the COVID-19 outbreak in various areas, along with the perceived political and economic interests of Chinese authorities.

Production has restarted at most industrial facilities outside of Hubei Province; however, significant supply chain and other business disruptions continue in many locations. Most schools are delaying reopening, with online classes implemented in numerous areas. However, some schools reopened in Qinghai Province March 9. Many businesses continue to restrict operating hours and implement work-from-home policies.

Operations remain suspended at most tourism, leisure, and religious gathering venues across mainland China. Mandatory temperature checks and other health screenings continue at transportation hubs, college campuses, and highway toll booths. Health screenings are increasing passenger clearance times at airports, train stations, and subway stations. Most local governments are requiring people to wear face masks in public. Additionally, many municipal governments are requiring 14-day quarantine periods for domestic travelers arriving from other cities.

Several national governments, including those of the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Turkey, have advised citizens to postpone nonessential travel to all parts of mainland China due to concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak and associated movement restrictions. Numerous governments have also indefinitely banned Chinese nationals and/or foreign nationals who have recently visited China from entering their countries. Many international airlines have suspended services to and from China due to health concerns and significantly decreased demand.

Advice
Consider postponing nonessential travel to mainland China due to the possibility of additional internal and international movement controls. Follow all official instructions and closely monitor official announcements on any additional precautionary restrictions. To the extent possible, avoid crowded areas as a precaution. Confirm all travel and business reservations. Allow additional travel time for screenings at airports, train stations, and other transport hubs. Make allowances for likely supply chain and other business disruptions.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.

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