US bars foreigners with recent travel to China from entering the country beginning 1700 EST Feb. 2.

Severity: Warning Alert

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • New York City, New York
  • San Francisco, California
  • Seattle, Washington

This alert began 02 Feb 2020 00:01 GMT and is scheduled to expire 14 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: 1700 EST Feb. 2
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; likely increased immigration wait times

Summary
US authorities will temporarily bar foreign nationals who have traveled to China within the past 14 days from entering the US beginning 1700 EST Feb. 2. US citizens who have traveled to China's Hubei Province, where the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) originated, within the past 14 days will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Any US citizen who has traveled to China within the same time period will undergo a health screening upon entry and will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. Moreover, the new measure will also limit incoming flights from China to landing only at the following seven airports: New York John F. Kennedy International (JFK), Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International (ATL), Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA), Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International (HNL), Los Angeles International (LAX), San Francisco International (SFO), and Chicago O'Hare International (ORD). The purpose of the restrictions is to prevent the spread of the virus. The US has declared the virus a pubic health emergency.

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