Turkey to suspend flights to and from China Feb. 5-29 to prevent spread of 2019 novel coronavirus.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 05 Feb 2020 00:01 GMT and is scheduled to expire 29 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Flight cancellations, entry restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Feb. 5-29
  • Impact: Air travel disruptions; likely increased immigration wait times

Summary
Authorities in Turkey will suspend all flights from China Feb. 5-29 in an effort to prevent the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Additionally, national carrier Turkish Airlines (TK) has suspended all flights from Turkey to the Chinese cities of Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Xian Feb. 5-29. Cargo flights will not be impacted.

Authorities have also implemented enhanced health screenings for passengers from several east Asian destinations, including Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, and South Korea. The measures will likely result in increased wait times for travelers entering Turkey from the affected countries.

Advice
Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone planned travel to Turkey. 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.