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Coronavirus Daily Updates: What You Need To Know


January 27, 2020
Categories: Alerts, Advisories, Health

Our in-house operations teams are closely monitoring ongoing developments. Each day, we’ll continue to update this page with changes over the past 24 hours

 

February 27 – Updates include new restrictions and flight status updates for several countries, new cases, deaths and recovery totals, with the number of new cases reported outside China exceeding the number of new cases reported in China for the first time and the World Health Organization says the rest of the world and not China, is now WHO's "greatest concern."

February 26 – Updates include several changes regarding visa application centers for a variety of countries, new totals for cases, deaths and recoveries and the U.S. CDC notes the potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 to the U.S. is high.

February 25 – Updates include new restrictions and flight status changes for China, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Spain, Turkey and UEA, as well as new totals for cases, deaths and recoveries.

February 24 – Updates include country-specific border closings and/or new restrictions for Afghanistan, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Jordan, North Korea, South Korea, Qatar, Tajikistan, Taiwan, Turkey and UAE, as well as updated case and death totals worldwide.

February 23 – Updates include significant changes to country-specific restrictions and measures for India, Italy, Iran, Norway, Pakistan, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey, as well as updated figures for cases, deaths and recoveries.

February 22 – Updates include new additional restrictions for Armenia, Australia, Italy, Israel and South Korea, as well as new numbers for cases, deaths and recoveries worldwide.

February 21 – Updates include Global Rescue coronavirus quarantine policies, additional restrictions for Italy, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, North Korea, South Korea and Mongolia, flight status updates for Georgia, India and the UK, new evacuation plans for Ukraine, an update on the Diamond Princess cruise ship and new case, death and recovery totals worldwide.

February 20 – Updates include developments surrounding passengers disembarking from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, new country-specific restrictions for Iran, Macau, South Korea and Taiwan, new case, death and recovery totals and flight status changes for Egypt, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

February 19 – Updates include new evacuation plans for passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, additional country-specific restrictions and updated case, death and recovery totals worldwide.

February 18 – Updates include new restrictions and flight status updates for 24 different countries, as well as updated totals for cases, deaths and recoveries worldwide.

February 17 – Updates include 14 Americans aboard the Diamond Princess evacuated, additional flight status updates for Thailand, India and Brunei, new restrictions and measures for Cambodia and Malaysia and updated totals for cases, deaths and recoveries.

February 16 – Updates include new announcements from Hubei Province officials, several changes to country-specific flight status and evacuation plans, updated case, death and recovery totals and reports of two Boeing 747s landing in Tokyo to evacuate Americans aboard the Diamond Princess.

February 15 – Updates include additional lockdowns for Jingmen and Wuhan, updated case, death and recovery totals and reports of the U.S. government chartering a plane to evacuate U.S. nationals aboard the Princess Cruise ship in Yokohama.

February 14 – Updates include new country-specific restrictions Turkmenistan, Singapore, Russia, China and the Philippines, several new flight status changes and the first group of evacuees released from quarantine in France. New totals for case numbers, deaths and recoveries are also included.

February 13 – Updates include new country-specific restrictions for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sierra Leone and Vietnam, as well as additional restrictions for Hubei and updated totals for cases and deaths.

February 12 – Updates include Airbnb suspending bookings in Beijing until 30 April, new country-specific restrictions for Fiji, several flight status updates and new totals for cases and deaths.

February 11 – Updates include the total number of people who have recovered from coronavirus worldwide, new restrictions and measures for Gabon, South Korea and Thailand, several new country-specific flight status updates and new totals for cases and deaths.

February 10 – Updates include additional restrictions and other measures from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and National Health Service, China's changes to the definition of "confirmed" cases and new totals for worldwide cases and deaths. 

February 9 – Updates include date modifications for country-specific restrictions and measures, as well as updated totals for cases and deaths. 

February 8 – Updates include extended dates for country-specific restrictions and measures, the EU considers a "harmonized approach" for issuing visas to Chinese nationals and updated case and death totals. 

February 7 – Updates include additional evacuation-related developments for the United States new restrictions and measures for Hong Kong and the Philippines, an update on the Princess Cruise ship in Yokohama and new case and death totals by location. 

February 6 – Updates include new death totals and case numbers, additional restrictions, measures and evacuation plans for Tianjin, Zhejiang and several countries, including Australia, Brunei, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, North Korea and New Zealand.

February 5 – Updates include additional restrictions, flight updates and evacuation plans for Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Jordan, Russia, South Korea, the UK and Uzbekistan, as well as new case locations and death totals.

February 4 – Updates include new case locations and death totals and country-specific restrictions, flight status updates and evacuation plans for several new countries.

February 3 – Updates include additional evacuation developments, new case numbers and death totals and country-specific restrictions for Bangladesh, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan,  Maldives, Pakistan, Russia, Solomon Islands and Taiwan.

February 2 – Updates include the first recorded death outside of mainland China, Lunar New Year holiday break extensions, new evacuation plans for the EU, Princess Cruises restrictions, updated case and death totals and country-specific restrictions for New Zealand, South Korea and the U.S.

February 1 – Updates include information on Hubei lockdowns, additional evacuation plans for Egypt and Sri Lanka, several new flight restrictions, updated case and death totals and country-specific restrictions for Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Iran, the UK and the U.S.

January 31 – Updates include the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring “a public health emergency of international concern,” new case location and death totals, updated evacuation plans for Mongolia and Canada as well as additional country-specific restrictions for American Samoa, Italy, Israel, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the U.S., the UK and Trinidad and Tobago.

January 30 – Updates include updated case locations and death totals, evacuation plans for the European Union, New Zealand and Germany, as well as new airline flight restrictions and country-specific restrictions for Italy, Russia and Northern Mariana Islands.

January 29 – Updates include reports of a possible vaccine, additional evacuation plans for Australia, United Kingdom, Italy, South Korea and Turkey, as well as updated case locations and death totals and new restrictions for Hong Kong, Kazakhstan and Papua New Guinea.

January 28 – Updates include additional evacuation plans from Wuhan, new country-specific restrictions for Tibet, Philippines, Russia, Hong Kong and the U.S., as well as new case location and death totals.

January 27 – Updates include new country-specific restrictions for China, France, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Macau, Mongolia, Spain, Singapore United Kingdom and the U.S. Additional airport measures and updated outbreak locations, cases and deaths.

January 26 – The U.S. Department of State (DoS) is making arrangements to relocate its personnel stationed at the U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan to the United States. Full details below.

 

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The outbreak of the pneumonia-like coronavirus, which manifests in fever, coughing and breathing difficulties, was first traced to a seafood market in Wuhan, Hubei Province, in late December 2019. The new strain (COVID-19) comes from the same family of viruses that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Although initial cases were thought to result from direct animal exposure, the rapid and widespread nature of confirmed and reported cases makes it clear that this virus is transmitted between humans. China’s National Health Commission (NHC) says that 80% of coronavirus fatalities occurred in people over the age of 60 and 75 percent had an underlying disease.

At this time, however, it is unclear how easily the virus spreads between people, or during what phase of illness transmission occurs. Wuhan’s reputation as a transportation hub—with international flights to 109 airports in 20 countries—has complicated containment efforts. On 30 January, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak “a public health emergency of international concern.”

Issues with numbers notwithstanding, it appears that COVID-19 rates of infection are leveling off in China while spiking in other places such as South Korea, Iran and Italy. A World Health Organization (WHO) official said on 27 February that the rest of the world—not China—is now WHO’s “greatest concern.”

On 25 February, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made the following points:

    • The potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 to the US is high.
    • Americans should prepare for the possibility that coronavirus will spread to communities in the U.S.
    • Americans should consider telecommuting to work and school if the situation worsens.

 

Outbreak Locations

On 26 February, the number of new cases reported outside China exceeded the number of new cases reported within China for the first time.

The total number of people who have recovered from coronavirus worldwide is 33,212. 

 Country

Cases

Deaths

 China  78,514 2,715
 Hong Kong* 92 2
 Macau* 10  
 Taiwan** 32 1
 TOTAL CHINA 78,648 2,747

 Afghanistan  1  
 Algeria  1  
 Australia  23  
 Austria  3  
 Bahrain  33  
 Belgium 1  
 Brazil 1  
 Cambodia 1  
 Canada 12  
 Croatia 3  
 Denmark 1  
 Diamond Princess+ 705 4
 Egypt 1  
 Estonia 1  
 Finland 2  
 France 18 2
 Georgia 1  
 Germany 26  
 Greece 3  
 India 3  
 Iran 245 26
 Iraq 6  
 Israel 3  
 Italy 528 14
 Japan 207 4
 Kuwait 43  
 Lebanon 2  
 Malaysia  22  
 Nepal  1  
 North Macedonia  1  
 Norway  1  
 Oman 4  
 Pakistan 2  
 Philippines 3 1
 Romania 1  
 Russia 2  
 Singapore  93  
 South Korea  1,766 13
 Spain  15  
 Sri Lanka  1  
 Sweden  2  
 Switzerland  4  
 Thailand  40  
 United Arab Emirates  13  
 United Kingdom 15  
 United States  60  
 Vietnam  16  
 TOTAL WORLDWIDE 82,584 2,811

 

*Special administrative regions of China; **autonomously governed region of China

+ Japan is not including Diamond Princess cruise passengers in its official account of country-wide cases. With the ship's quarantine period over and various countries evacuating their citizens, individuals may not remain in Japan.

 

Outbreak Data 

There are discrepancies between case totals provided by the Chinese federal government and those provided by the provinces. The totals that we provide are drawn from provincial authorities, which report slightly higher numbers.

Prior to 13 February, Hubei health officials only counted cases confirmed by laboratory tests. On 13 February, they began counting “clinically diagnosed” cases, causing a significant spike in reported cases. U.S. officials said data issues make it difficult to assess case numbers currently coming out of China. Chinese authorities continue to change their parameters for reporting, compromising the integrity of the numbers. 

 

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Daily % Increase since 22 January

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Restrictions

(varying by country)

 

China (Note: authorities may have updated some of the measures below with little or no publicity).

Restrictions or other measures:
Lockdowns continue across several provinces. Lockdowns may be announced with little or no notice, compromising the mobility of travelers. Travelers reported that authorities are providing conflicting guidance about lockdowns, roadblocks, checkpoints and their ability to assist travelers attempting to leave areas on lockdown. However, several provinces have reportedly lowered their emergency response measures as of late February and manufacturing activities are resuming in Guangdong and Zhejiang.

At least 27 provinces resumed inter-provincial buses and more than 100 cities resumed public transportation. Many hospitals are at capacity and some are reportedly running out of coronavirus test kits. There are reports in several cities of Chinese police detaining people they suspect have lied about prior travel to Wuhan. China suspended all tour groups and the sale of flight and hotel packages for its citizens planning to travel overseas.

The Education Ministry warned schools not to hold events or exams. Carnival Corporation cancelled all cruises to China through mid-March. Cruise companies MSC and Costa cancelled departures from Chinese ports. Princess Cruises will not allow passengers onboard if they have traveled through or from mainland China 14 days prior to the cruise’s departure date. Royal Caribbean Cruises cancelled eight cruises out of China through 4 March and will deny boarding to passengers who visited China or Hong Kong within 15 days. It will also screen Chinese and Hong Kong passport holders and anyone showing flu-like symptoms. Airbnb suspended bookings in Beijing until 30 April.

Authorities announced that foreign nationals arriving to Beijing from locations with severe outbreaks will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Authorities did not provide a list of countries it classifies as having severe outbreaks.

Hubei, China

      • Officials in Hubei Province made an announcement on 16 February:
        • All residential communities are on lockdown.
        • Residents should not go out unless it's necessary.
        • Use of private vehicles is banned.
        • Non-essential public places are closed.
        • Mass gatherings are banned.
        • Supermarkets, pharmacies and other essential places are open.
      • All major cities in Hubei are on full or partial lockdown: Shiyan, Enshi, Yichang, Jingmen, Jingzhou, Tianmen, Suizhou, Qianjiang, Xiaogan, Xiantao, Wuhan, Huanggang, Ezhou, Xianning, Huangshi and Xiangyang. Lockdowns vary between cities. The city of Huanggang banned people from leaving their homes, allowing one person per family to leave every other day for supplies.
      • All non-essential businesses are closed through 20 February and schools are closed indefinitely.
      • Huanggang authorities banned people from leaving their homes from 13 February and announced that the government will provide for “basic needs.” The city also issued a reward for reporting people with fevers.
      • Dawu County and Yunmeng County are under a “war-time” lockdown and banned people from leaving their homes.
      • Jingmen placed all residents on lockdown, with one person per family permitted to leave every other day.
      • Wuhan
        • People must wear face masks in public places.
        • Public transportation is suspended including flights and trains out of Wuhan. People in Wuhan were banned from leaving the city beginning on 23 January and the city is considered a quarantine zone. Highways are closed.
        • Authorities imposed a total lockdown, and residents are banned from leaving their houses.

Anhui Province

Huaibei, a city in Anhui has closed public venues and reportedly banned entrance of all cars registered in neighboring Hubei Province.

 

Anshun Province

Authorities closed public venues and cancelled public events.

 

Beijing

  • Authorities declared a public health emergency.
  • Beijing City government suspended all inter-province buses to and from Beijing starting Sunday 26 January.
  • Tourist attractions remain closed.
  • Beijing city officials stated there are no plans to lock down the city.
  • Residents returning to the city are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

 

Fujian Province

Gulangyu Island has been closed to tourists.

 

Guandong Province

Masks are now mandatory in public areas.

 

Jiangxi Province

All public gatherings are banned and public venues are closed.

 

Shaanxi Province

City of Hanzhong will ban entry of outsiders. Residents returning home from the Lunar New Year holiday will be quarantined for 14 days.

 

Shanghai

Authorities ordered all non-essential businesses to close until at least 9 February and all schools to close through 17 February (no update available).

 

Tianjin

Authorities are restricting the entry and exit of people from residential compounds. Tianjin’s Baodi District is now on lockdown.

 

Tibet

All tourist attractions are closed indefinitely. All travelers to Tibet, including tourists, must register with authorities and be quarantined for 14 days.

 

Zhejiang

Wenzhou, Hangzhou, Ningbo and Taizhou banned people from leaving their homes, allowing one person per family to leave every other day for supplies. Public transportation in Hangzhou resumes on 16 February. Officials signaled on 17 February the annual session of its national legislature would be postponed due to the outbreak.

 

Flight status: 
Hubei Province closed all airports except Shennongjia Hongping Airport (HPG). Some flights are being allowed through Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (WUH) with the government’s permission. China’s Sichuan Air cancelled all international flights through 9 February. China Eastern suspended flights to the U.S. Air China cancelled flights to Vienna through 20 March.

Evacuation plans:
China sent two planes to bring Wuhan citizens back from Bangkok, Thailand and Koto Kinabalu, Malaysia on 31 January.

 

Afghanistan

Restrictions or other measures:
None.

Flight status:
Afghanistan closed its border with Iran indefinitely.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

American Samoa

Restrictions or other measures:
Travelers—except for Samoa passport holders—will only be allowed to enter the territory after they have spent at least 14 days in Hawaii. Travelers from countries affected by the coronavirus are required to remain in an unaffected country for at least 14 days prior to arrival in American Samoa.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Antigua and Barbuda

Restrictions or other measures: 
Travelers who have visited China within two months are banned from entering the country.

Flight status: 
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Armenia

Restrictions or other measures: 
Chinese visa holders are no longer visa exempt and must secure a visa prior to arrival. Ministry of Healthcare implemented heightened screening measures at the Meghri Border Crossing Point as of 22 February.

Flight status: 
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Australia

Restrictions or other measures:
The government banned entry to foreign nationals who have left or transited through mainland China after 1 February. Australian citizens, permanent residents and their families will be permitted to enter but must self-quarantine for 14 days.

On 22 March, the government relaxed travel bans for some high school students from China. The relaxed rules do not apply to university students. Year 11 and 12 students—other than those from the Hubei province at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak—will be allowed to enter.

Flight status:
Qantas suspended flights to China until 19 March. The airline will reduce capacity for flights to Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo until late May.

Evacuation plans:
Authorities chartered a plane to evacuate Australian citizens from Wuhan on 3 February. Passengers will be quarantined for 14 days on Christmas Island. Authorities evacuated Australian citizens aboard the Diamond Princess on 20 February.

 

Austria

Restrictions or other measures:
Austria suspended visa issuance in China until further notice. Authorities initiated and then lifted lockdown status at an Innsbruck hotel after quarantining some of the guests.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Bahamas

Restrictions or other measures:
Foreign nationals who have been to mainland China within 20 days will be barred from entry. Residents who have been to mainland China will be permitted entry but required to quarantine for 14 days.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
Authorities chartered a flight from Wuhan to Dhaka on 3 February. The trip was completed on schedule.

 

Bahrain

Restrictions or other measures:
Bahrain banned entry to foreign nationals who have visited South Korea within 14 days. Authorities banned Bahrain citizens from travel to Iran.

Flight status:
Authorities banned all flights from Dubai and Sharjah on 25-26 February. Flights to Iraq and Lebanon are suspended indefinitely.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Bangladesh

Restrictions or other measures:
Chinese nationals are banned from entry unless they are prescreened for coronavirus and secure a visa before travel. Visas on arrival are suspended for passport holders from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
Authorities chartered a flight from Wuhan to Dhaka on 3 February. The trip was completed on schedule.

 

Belgium

Restrictions or other measures:
Visa application centers are open for limited hours in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou Jinan, Shenyang, Chengdu, Kunming, Shenzhen, Fuzhou, Changsha and Hangzhou.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Belize

Restrictions or other measures:
Arrivals who have been to mainland China within 14 days are barred from entry.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Brunei

Restrictions or other measures:
The government banned entry for anyone who has visited Hubei within 14 days of arrival, with the exception of citizens and permanent residents of Brunei.

Flight status:
Royal Brunei Airlines suspends flights to and from mainland China and decreased services to Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam as a result of the outbreak. 

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Bulgaria

Restrictions or other measures:
None.

Flight status:
Bulgaria Air cancelled flights to Milan until 27 March.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Cambodia

Restrictions or other measures:
Approximately 1,000 people aboard the Holland America cruise ship in Westerdam in Sihanoukvill are being held on the vessel to be tested after a passenger who had already disembarked tested positive for the virus. Testing times and results remain unconfirmed. Hundreds of passengers reportedly reached the capital, Phnom Penh and are sequestered in hotels, where they are being tested.

Flight status:
Cambodia Airways cancelled flights to China and Macau until late February.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Canada

Restrictions or other measures:
None.

Flight status:
Air Canada suspended all direct flights to China until 29 February.

Evacuation plans:
Canada evacuated a limited group of diplomatic staff and their family members from China on 30 January. Another evacuation flight from Wuhan was completed on 11 February and those aboard will be quarantined for 14 days at Canadian Forces Base Trenton. An evacuation flight for Canadian passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship is planned for 20 February.

 

Cook Islands

Restrictions or other measures:
Arrivals who have been to mainland China within 14 days are barred from entry.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Czech Republic

Restrictions or other measures:
The Czech Republic suspended visa issuance in China through 17 February (no update available).

Flight status:
Authorities banned all flights to and from China beginning 9 February.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Denmark

Restrictions or other measures:
Visa application centers are open in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Jinan, Shenyang, Chengdu, and Fuzhou.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Egypt

Restrictions or other measures:
None.

Flight status:
EgyptAir will suspend flights to China on 4 February and will resume one weekly flight on 24 February. Egypt’s travel agency association banned flights to and from China, but flights from China continue. Arrivals from China are subject to health screenings.

Evacuation plans:
Authorities announced that they are coordinating an evacuation of Egyptian citizens from Wuhan on 30 January but no plans have been confirmed. Evacuees will be quarantined for 14 days upon return.

 

El Salvado

Restrictions or other measures:
Chinese passport holders are barred from entry unless they are residents of El Salvador.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Equatorial Guinea

Restrictions or other measures:
The government is quarantining all arrivals from China.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Estonia

Restrictions or other measures:
Visa application centers are open in Beijing, Jinan, Shenyang, Chengdu, Kunming, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Fuzhou and Changsha.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

European Union (EU)

Restrictions or other measures: EU is considering a "harmonized approach" for issuing visas to Chinese nationals (no further information is available). On 25 February, the EU announced it will keep borders open.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
A flight carrying French, Dutch, Danish, Belgian, Czech, UK and Slovak citizens was chartered by France and took off from Wuhan on 2 February. The plane landed in Istres, France, before continuing on to Melsbroek Air Base, Belgium. Passengers are quarantined.

 

Fiji

Restrictions or other measures:
Fiji banned entry to foreign nationals who have visited China, Italy, Iran and South Korea's Daegu City and Cheongdo county within 14 days. All international arrivals are subject to temperature screenings.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Finland

Restrictions or other measures:
Visa application centers are open in Beijing, Shanghai, Jinan, Shenyang, Chengdu, Kunming, Changsha, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Fuzhou and Hangzhou. Centers in Chongqing, Wuhan, Xian and Nanjing remain closed until further notice.

Flight status:
Finnair suspended routes to mainland China through 28 March.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

France

Restrictions or other measures:
None.

Flight status:
Air France suspended all flights to mainland China until 9 February.

Evacuation plans:
A flight from Wuhan to Istres-Le Tube Air Base was completed on 30 January for French passengers who did not exhibit symptoms of the virus. A second flight is reportedly being planned for those who may be carrying the virus. Those returning will be quarantined and monitored for 14 days. The first group of evacuees were released from quarantine on 14 February.

 

Gabon

Restrictions or other measures:
Gabon banned travelers arriving from China indefinitely.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Georgia

Restrictions or other measures:
None.

Flight status:
Authorities banned direct flights to China until 29 March.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Germany

Restrictions or other measures:
Visa application centers are open in Beijing, Jinan, Changsha, Shenyang, Shanghai, Chengdu, Kunming, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Fuzhou and Hangzhou. German authorities announced they will accept postal applications for visas in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Shenyang if applicants have provided fingerprint data in the past 59 months (after 12 October 2015).

Flight status:
Lufthansa and its subsidiaries, Austrian Air and Swiss Air, are cancelling all flights to China until 28 March. The airlines are also reducing flights to Hong Kong.

Evacuation plans:
Authorities sent a plane to China to repatriate its citizens on 31 January. They will be quarantined for 14 days at an army garrison upon arrival in Germany. The flight was completed as scheduled.

 

Greece

Restrictions or other measures:
Visa application centers in China have reopened, except in Chongqing, Nanjing, Wuhan and Xi’an. Those centers will remain closed until further notice.

Flight status:
Air China cancelled flights to Greece from 17 February-18 March.

Evacuation plans:
Greece suspended visa issuance in China through 17 February.

 

Grenada

Restrictions or other measures:
Grenada banned entry to foreign nationals and non-residents who have been in mainland China within 14 days.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Guatemala

Restrictions or other measures:
Guatemala banned entry to foreign nationals who have been in mainland China within 14 days. Guatemalan nationals who have been to mainland China within 14 days are subject to screening and quarantine measures. Authorities declared a “red alert” allowing preventive actions including monitoring of ports of entry, requiring travelers arriving from affected countries to self-quarantine and the ability to ban large gatherings.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Hong Kong

Restrictions or other measures:
All travelers entering Hong Kong from mainland China will be quarantined for 14 days; violators face fines and up to six months in prison. Hong Kong declared a coronavirus emergency and announced schools would be closed until 2 March.

Hong Kong will suspend rail and ferry services to mainland China and reduce flight services by 50% beginning on 31 January. High speed rail services to mainland China and trains to Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing are suspended. Hong Kong closed all but three border crossings beginning 4 February: Shenzhen Bay, the Hong Long-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). The Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal and the Kai Tak Cruise and Ocean Terminals are closed.

Residents of Hubei are banned from entering Hong Kong and the government will stop issuing individual travel permits for travelers from mainland China. All tours from China were suspended beginning on 27 January. Non-essential government workers are encouraged to work from home to prevent virus spread; authorities are urging the private sector to follow suit. Authorities extended school closures until 20 April. Non-residents arriving from South Korea are banned from entering Hong Kong. Residents arriving in Hong Kong from South Korea will be quarantined for 14 days.

Flight status:
Cathay Dragon suspended flights to the Chinese cities of Hangzhou, Ningbo, Wenzhou, Sanya and Haikou on 2-3 February. The airline then cancelled more than half its scheduled flights for February and March. It will continue to operate through Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen and Chengdu.

Evacuation plans:
Authorities chartered a plane to evacuate 200 Hong Kong residents from the Diamond Princess cruise ship on 23 February. Passengers will be quarantined for 14 days.

 

Hungary

Restrictions or other measures:
Hungary suspended visa issuance in China through 28 February.

Flight status:
Wizz Air suspended flights to Italy through 4 April.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Iceland

Restrictions or other measures:
Visa application centers are open in Beijing, Chengdu, Hangzhou, and Fuzhou.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Italy

Flight status:
Flights to China are suspended indefinitely.

Evacuation plans:
Authorities chartered a plane to Wuhan on 3 February to repatriate Italian citizens, and the flight was completed. Returning passengers were quarantined for 14 days. Authorities are reportedly planning an evacuation for citizens abroad the Diamond Princess cruise ship, but a timetable for the evacuation has not been confirmed.

 

Italy

 

Restrictions or other measures:

Nationwide

      • Italy declared a six-month state of emergency after health authorities confirmed the country’s first two cases of the coronavirus.
      • Italy is screening arrivals at all international airports, including domestic flights at Rome–Fiumicino International Airport (FCO).
      • Authorities are considering similar checks at train stations.

Lombardy
  • On 23 February, regional officials approved an ordinance that indefinitely put towns southeast of Milan under lockdown including: Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano.
  • Measures for these towns over the next 14 days include:
  • Significant police enforcement of de-facto quarantine restrictions and imposition of fines on anyone attempting to violate or evade the measures.
  • Residents are urged to stay home and must obtain special permission to enter or leave the towns.
  • Schools and universities are closed until at least 29 March, and educational trips are suspended.
  • Churches are closed for mass; funerals are limited to immediate relatives only.
  • Sporting events are postponed.
  • Demonstrations, events, and all forms of meetings in public or private places are suspended.
  • Non-essential public office activities are suspended.
  • Museums are closed.
  • Limited types of businesses are open; bars, restaurants, and cinemas are closed.
  • Certain types of commercial activities are suspended.
  • Authorities have established personal protective equipment requirements (no further information available).
  • Freight and passenger transport services are suspended.
  • A run on supermarkets has depleted food supplies.
Veneto
  • Vo’Euganeo is on lockdown and authorities have instituted the following measures for the next 14 days:
  • Significant police enforcement of de-facto quarantine restrictions and imposition of fines on anyone attempting to violate the measures.
  • Residents are urged to stay home and must obtain special permission to enter or leave the towns.
  • Schools and universities are closed until at least 29 March, and educational trips are suspended.
  • Churches are closed for mass; funerals are limited to immediate relatives only.
  • Sporting events are postponed.
  • Demonstrations, events, and all forms of meetings in public or private places are suspended.
  • All meetings in public or private places are suspended.
  • Non-essential public office activities are suspended.
  • Museums are closed.
  • Limited types of businesses are open; bars, restaurants and cinemas are closed.
  • Certain types of commercial activities are suspended.
  • Authorities have established personal protective equipment requirements (no further information available).
  • Freight and passenger transport services are suspended.
  • Officials cancelled the last two days of the Venice carnival.
  • Church services in Venice are cancelled including Ash Wednesday.

 

India

Restrictions or other measures:
India banned entry to arrivals who have been to mainland China since 14 January. The government announced on 23 February that it will extend passenger screenings for COVID-19 at airports across the country to travelers arriving from Kathmandu, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia beginning on 24 February.

Flight status:
Air India suspended flights to China and Hong Kong through 30 June. IndiGo’s Hong Kong and China routes remain suspended, and it cancelled its Chengdu and Guangzhou routes until 14 June. SpiceJet cancels Delhii-Hong Kong flights effective 16 February until 29 February due to outbreak concerns.

Evacuation plans:
Authorities chartered a flight to evacuate Indian citizens from Wuhan on 31 January. It arrived in New Delhi on 1 February and passengers were quarantined in camps near New Delhi until 15 February. Authorities chartered a plane and evacuated Indian nationals who had been quarantined abroad the Diamond Princess on 27 February. The plane also carried passengers from Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa and Peru.

 

Indonesia

Restrictions or other measures:
Authorities will deny entry and transit of all foreign travelers who have traveled to mainland China within 14 days.

Flight status:
Flights to China will be suspended as of 5 February. Lion Air suspended all flights to China.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Iran

Restrictions or other measures:
Passport holders from China, Hong Kong and Macau must obtain a visa and clear a medical screening. All schools and universities in Qom are closed following an outbreak of cases. Authorities closed of schools, universities and cultural centers across 14 provinces from 23-30 February. Iran’s president said on 26 February that there are no plans to quarantine any cities or districts.

Flight status:
Flights to China are suspended indefinitely.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Iraq

Restrictions or other measures:
Authorities banned foreign nationals arriving from China, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Italy, Singapore, Kuwait and Bahrain. Iraq also barred entry to Chinese nationals and to foreign nationals who have been to mainland China within 14 days. Iraqi nationals or residents who have been to mainland China within 14 days are subject to quarantine measures. Iraq banned border crossings by Iranian nationals indefinitely. Iraq also closed border crossings with Iran, although Iranian officials claim the Mehran crossing reopened on 24 February.

Authorities closed schools, colleges, cinemas, cafes, clubs and various public gathering spots from until 7 March. Iraqi citizens are banned from travel to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Italy, Kuwait and Bahrain. All passengers arriving from countries with cases of COVID-19 will be screened on arrival. Border crossings between the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) and Iran are closed for non-commercial traffic. IKR residents entering from Iran may only do so via the Haji Omaran, Bashmakh and Parwezkhanand border crossings. The Safwan border crossing with Kuwait remains closed.

Flight status:
Iraqi Airways suspended flights to Iran indefinitely. Iraq also closed border crossings with Iran, although Iranian officials claim the Mehran crossing reopened on 24 February.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Israel

Restrictions or other measures:
Israel banned land, sea and airport arrivals from China. Foreign nationals and non-residents who have been to mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Thailand within 14 days are barred from entry. Israeli citizens returning from these countries must self-quarantine for 14 days and are barred from public areas.

Flight status:
Flights to China are suspended indefinitely. El Al airlines suspended flights to Beijing until 25 March. All tourist arriving from Seoul through Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) have been barred from entry until further screening is complete.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Jamaica

Restrictions or other measures:
Arrivals who have been to mainland China within 14 days will be quarantined for 14 days.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Japan

Restrictions or other measures:
Foreigners who visited Hubei or Zhejiang within 14 days or who had passports issued in Hubei or Zhejiang are banned from entry. Authorities may conduct extensive health checks at entry points, including quarantine measures and compulsory hospitalization.

Due to the outbreak, the Tokyo marathon will be reduced in size, with 26,000 runners from the general public barred from participation.

A Princess Cruise ship in Yokohama quarantined 3,700 passengers and crew after several tested positive for coronavirus; there are reportedly 691 confirmed cases among crew and passengers. Health officials are considering testing all passengers on board, not just those exhibiting symptoms. The quarantine ended on 19 February and all passengers were evacuated by 23 February. Schools are closed nationwide from 2-31 March.

Flight status:
All Nippon Airways is suspending its Narita-Beijing route from 10 February-20 March and cancelling half of its planned Haneda-Beijing flights. Japan Airlines is reducing flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Tianjin from 17 February-28 March.

Evacuation plans:
Authorities chartered three flights to evacuate Japanese citizens from Wuhan to Tokyo on 28 and 29 January. These flights were completed as scheduled and authorities are negotiating a fourth flight that would allow spouses with Chinese citizenship to board.

 

Jordan

Restrictions or other measures:
Jordan barred entry to foreign nationals who have been to China within 14 days. All travelers arriving internationally are being screened. Those with travel histories that may indicate possible exposure and displaying symptoms, will be quarantined at Al Bashir hospital in Amman for 14 days. Royal Jordanian Airlines suspended regular flights between Amman and Rome on 26 February.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Kazakhstan

Restrictions or other measures:
Kazakhstan suspended buses, trains and flights to China. Authorities will cease issuing visas to Chinese nationals. Individuals who have visited China within 14 days will be quarantined for 14 days, followed by 10 days of medical monitoring. Individuals arriving from Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Macao will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days and be monitored for 10 days. Individuals arriving from the U.S., Malaysia, Vietnam, Germany, Australia, the UAE, Canada and Italy will be subject to 24 days of medical monitoring. Countries included in the policy are subject to change.

Flight status:
Flights to China are suspended indefinitely. Air Astana cut flights to China beginning 3 February.

Evacuation plans:
Authorities chartered a flight on 2 February to evacuate Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Armenian and Belarusian nationals. The flight was completed and the passengers are now in quarantine.

 

Kiribati

Restrictions or other measures:
Arrivals who have been in a country with confirmed cases of COVID-19 within 14 days are barred from entry.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Kenya

Restrictions or other measures:
None.

Flight status:
Kenya Airways suspended flights to China. Kenya Airways also said arrivals from Wuhan must be cleared by health authorities at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) before they can board. China Southern Airline suspended its four weekly flights to Kenya until 28 March and suspended bookings until late June.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Kosovo

Restrictions or other measures:
Chinese nationals are barred from entry unless they have a medical certificate proving they do not have COVID-19.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Kuwait

Restrictions or other measures:
Kuwait barred entry to Chinese and Hong Kong passport holders and residents, as well as those who have been to mainland China or Hong Kong within 14 days. Kuwait’s ports authority suspended the movement of people to and from Iran and banned ships from Iran. Kuwait citizens returning from Qom will be put into 14-day quarantine. Kuwait will deny entry to foreign nationals who have been to Iraq, South Korea, Thailand, or Italy within 14 days.

Flight status:
Kuwait Airlines suspended flights to Iran indefinitely. Kuwait also banned all flights to Iraq, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Thailand and Italy indefinitely.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Kyrgyzstan

Restrictions or other measures:
Authorities closed the Chinese border indefinitely.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Lebanon

Restrictions or other measures:
The Government of Lebanon has implemented screening measures for travelers arriving with fevers and/or travel histories suggesting possible presence of the coronavirus. Any travelers arriving at Beirut International Airport (BEY) could potentially be screened. Travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Travelers displaying symptoms of the virus and/or with travel histories indicating possible exposure may be detained for a 14-day quarantine.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Liechtenstein

Restrictions or other measures:
The Beijing Switzerland visa application center reopened on 17 February with limited hours.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Lithuania

Restrictions or other measures:
Visa application centers are now open in Beijing, Jinan, Shenyang, Chengdu, Kunming, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Changsha, Shenzhen and Fuzhou.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Luxembourg

Restrictions or other measures:
Visa application centers in China are open.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Macau

Restrictions or other measures:
Macau is performing temperature screenings on guests and stopped issuing entry permits to tourists from mainland China. Authorities are denying entry to visitors from Hubei province or those who visited the province 14 days prior to arrival unless they can prove that they are not infected. Schools remain closed indefinitely. Residents were urged to stay home and only leave for food.

Macao closed its casinos from 4-18 February. Casinos reopened at 30% capacity with requirements that employees wear masks and turn away individuals exhibiting symptoms. 

Flight status:
Air Macau cancelled 100 flights through 1 February to Chinese cities. Further cancellations are possible. From 10 February, the airline reduced its services from 321 routes through 29 airports to 30 routes through seven airports.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Madagascar

Restrictions or other measures:
None

Flight status:
Air Madagascar suspended flights to China until March.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Malaysia

Restrictions or other measures:
Foreign nationals and non-residents who have been to Hubei, Zhejiang, or Jiangsu within 14 days are barred from entry. Those with a passport issued in Hubei are barred from entry. Authorities bar entry of remaining Westerdam cruise passengers on 17 February.

Flight status:
Malaysia-owned and Malaysia-based airlines suspended some flights to mainland China.

Evacuation plans:
Authorities plan to evacuate some civil servants from China but have not clarified a timetable.

 

Mauritius

Restrictions or other measures:
All passengers travelling from Wuhan or who visited Wuhan within 14 days will be quarantined.

Flight status:
Air Mauritius suspended service to Shanghai indefinitely.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Maldives

Restrictions or other measures:
Authorities will deny entry to travelers arriving from mainland China.

Flight status:
Flights to China are suspended indefinitely.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Marshall Islands

Restrictions or other measures:
Passengers arriving from mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macau are barred from entry.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Mauritius

Restrictions or other measures:
Passengers arriving from mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macau are barred from entry.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Micronesia

Restrictions or other measures:
Arrivals who have been to mainland China since 5 January are barred from entry. Only those arriving from countries with no cases of COVID-19 who have not been to a country with cases within 14 days will be permitted entry.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Mongolia

Restrictions or other measures:
Authorities closed the border with China until 2 March. Non-residents who have been in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macau since 1 January are barred from entry. Non-Chinese foreigners visiting Mongolia will not be able to enter via China. Mongolian citizens in China had until 6 February to return to Mongolia. Public gatherings are banned and schools are closed until late March. Authorities suspended intercity transit of automobiles, buses and trains during the Tsagaan Sar Holiday until 27 February.

Flight status:
Flights to China are suspended indefinitely. Air travel to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau is suspended until 30 March. Flights to South Korea are banned until at least 2 March.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Morocco

Restrictions or other measures:
Moroccan citizens returning from Wuhan will be quarantined for 20 days.

Flight status:
Royal Air Maroc suspended direct flights to China.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Myanmar

Restrictions or other measures:
Visa on arrival is suspended for Chinese nationals, passengers arriving from mainland China, or those arriving on any Chinese airline.

Flight status:
China Eastern Airline, 9 Air and JC suspended flights between Myanmar’s Yangon and China. Myanmar Airways cancelled all charter flights to China and commercial flights to Guangzhou. Myanmar National Airlines suspended services to China and Hong Kong indefinitely. Air KBZ reduced service to Shanghai indefinitely.

Evacuation plans:
Authorities chartered a flight to evacuate a group of students from Wuhan on 2 February.

 

Netherlands

Restrictions or other measures:
None.

Flight status:
KLM suspended all flights to mainland China. Routes are scheduled to resume on 29 March.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Nepal

Restrictions or other measures:
None.

Flight status:
Himalaya Airlines reduced services to China indefinitely.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

New Zealand

Restrictions or other measures:
The government banned entry to foreigners traveling through mainland China from 3- 17 February. New Zealand citizens and permanent residents, as well as their families, who transited through China will be able to enter but must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Flight status:
Air New Zealand cancelled all flights to mainland China from 9 February-29 March. Its Shanghai and Hong Kong services will resume on 30 March, but with reduced schedules.

Evacuation plans:
Authorities chartered an aircraft to evacuate New Zealanders in Wuhan on 6 February. The plane also carried evacuees from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Kiribati, Tonga, Fiji and the Federated States of Micronesia.

 

North Korea

Restrictions or other measures:
North Korea banned all foreign tourists. Foreign nationals entering North Korea from China, or from Russia via China, will be quarantined for 30 days. All flights and trains into and out of North Korea are suspended. Authorities cancelled the Pyongyang marathon. All foreign diplomats are under quarantine.

Flight status:
Flights to China are suspended indefinitely.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Northern Mariana Islands

Restrictions or other measures:
As part of a 30-day “State of Significant Emergency,” authorities banned all Chinese travelers from entering the Northern Mariana Islands, a US commonwealth, for 30 days.

Flight status:
All direct and indirect flights to China are suspended indefinitely.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Norway

Restrictions or other measures:
Norway suspended visa issuance in China through 17 February. After 17 February, as a precautionary measure and in order to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus, all applicants visiting the visa application center are required to wear masks, have their body temperatures checked at the entrance and fill in relevant information. Those who do not wear masks and have fevers will be asked to leave and return another day when their health improves. The reopening of visa center in Wuhan continues to be subject to notifications from central, provincial and city authorities.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Oman

Restrictions or other measures:
None.

Flight status:
Oman suspended all flights to Iran indefinitely. Oman suspended flights to China indefinitely.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

 

Pakistan

Restrictions or other measures:
Pakistan closed its border with Iran indefinitely. Baluchistan’s schools are closed through 15 March, while Sindh schools are closed through at least 2 March.

Flight status:
Flights were briefly suspended but have since resumed. Flights to Iran are banned indefinitely.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Palau

Restrictions or other measures:
Palau banned entry to foreign nationals who have transited through or been in mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macau within 14 days.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Papua New Guinea

Restrictions or other measures:
Papua New Guinea will refuse entry to travelers arriving from Asia as of 27 January. Authorities closed the Wutung border crossing with Indonesia. Immigration authorities will no longer grant visas upon arrival.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Philippines

Restrictions or other measures:
The government banned entry to foreign nationals arriving from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Taiwan was briefly included in the travel ban but authorities lifted the measure. Filipinos returning from China will be quarantined for 14 days. The government banned its citizens from travel to China, Hong Kong and Macau. Authorities in two municipalities of the Cordillera Administrative Region banned tourists and suspended tourism activities on 6 February. Philippine authorities have refused to let passengers aboard Holland America cruise ship, the MS Westerdam, disembark in the Philippines.

Flight status:
Cebu Pacific is reducing flights to China from 5 February to late March. AirAsia cancelled flights to China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan until 28 March. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific cancelled all flights to Taiwan

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Poland

Restrictions or other measures:
Poland suspended visa issuance in China until further notice.

Flight status:
LOT Airlines suspended flights to Beijing until 9 February.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Portugal

Restrictions or other measures:
Visa application centers are open in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Wuhan, Chengdu, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Fuzhou, Jinan, Shenzhen, Xi'an, Changsha, Chongqing and Kunming.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Qatar

Restrictions or other measures:
Arrivals at Hamad Airport and at all ports will be screened.

Flight status:
Qatar Airways suspended flights to China. Qatar Airways will ask all travelers arriving from Iran and South Korea to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Evacuation plans:
Authorities ordered Qatari citizens in Iran to evacuate on 27 February.

 

Russia

Restrictions or other measures:
Russia banned entry to Chinese citizens entering for work, private, educational, or tourist purposes, effective 20 February. Russia’s land borders with China are closed in the Far East regions of Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Khabarovsk, Primorsk, Amur and Zabaikalsky Krai until 1 March. Russia suspended all rail services with China on 2 February. Authorities may deport foreign nationals if they have coronavirus. Russia said those traveling from Hubei to Russia will be quarantined in the Siberian region of Tyumen. Russia suspended all trains to Nice, Italy, beginning 4 March.

Flight status:
All Russian airlines except Aeroflot suspended flights to China.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Rwanda

Restrictions or other measures:
None.

Flight status:
RwandAir suspended flights to China indefinitely.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Restrictions or other measures:
Anyone entering Saint Vincent and the Grenadines who has been to mainland China within 14 days will face mandatory quarantine.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Samoa

Restrictions or other measures:
Travelers who have been to or transited through countries with COVID-19 cases must have medical clearance issued three days before arrival. Those who have transited through or been in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Japan, or Thailand will only be permitted entry if they have spent 14 days in quarantine prior to arrival

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Saudi Arabia

Restrictions or other measures:
The government banned Saudi citizens and residents from travelling to China. Those who violate the ban will not be allowed to return to Saudi Arabia. The government suspended pilgrimages to Mecca and Medina for foreign nationals. Foreign nationals arriving from countries where coronavirus “is a danger” will also be denied entry, though authorities did not provide a list of countries to which the travel ban applies.

Flight status:
Saudi Arabian Airlines suspended all flights to China on 2 February.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Seychelles

Restrictions or other measures:
Foreign nationals and non-residents who have been to China, Hong Kong, or Macau within 14 days are barred from entry. Residents of China, Hong Kong, or Macau are banned from transiting through or entering Seychelles.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Sierra Leone

Restrictions or other measures:
Anyone entering Sierra Leone who has been to mainland China within 14 days will face mandatory quarantine.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Singapore

Restrictions or other measures:
Singapore banned Chinese visitors and other foreigners who have visited China in the past 14 days, effective 31 January. This includes travelers transiting through Singapore Changi Airport (SIN). Singapore stopped issuing new visas and suspended visas for people holding Chinese passports. All students and teachers returning from mainland China will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Royal Caribbean cruises cancelled two trips set to depart from Singapore on 15 and 24 February due to coronavirus. Catholic authorities suspended public masses to prevent the spread of the virus.

Flight status:
Singapore Airlines cancelled several flights to Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou through 29 March, while SilkAir cancelled flights to Shenzhen, Xiamen, Chengdu, and Chongqing until 29 March. Singapore Airlines also halved flights to Hong Kong from 17 February-28 March. Scoot suspended flights between Singapore and China.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Slovakia

Restrictions or other measures:
Visa application centers are open in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Guangzhou and Chengdu

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Slovenia

Restrictions or other measures:
Slovenia visa issuance in China will resume limited operations on 24 February.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Spain

Restrictions or other measures:
Spain has resumed issuing visas in China. H10 Costa Adeje Palace in Tenerife is on total lockdown, with police ensuring that nobody enters or leaves, after a guest tested positive for coronavirus.

Flight status:
Iberia suspended flights to China until 1 March.

Evacuation plans:
A group of five Spanish citizens were repatriated from Wuhan to Spain on 27 February.

 

Somalia

Restrictions or other measures:
Foreign nationals who have been to mainland China within 20 days are barred from entry. Residents who have been to mainland China will be quarantined for 14 days.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Solomon Islands

Restrictions or other measures:
Travelers arriving from countries with confirmed cases of Coronavirus will be denied entry.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

South Korea

Restrictions or other measures:
The government banned entry for all Chinese passport holders who visited China within 14 days of arrival, as well as foreign nationals from other countries who visited Hubei within 14 days, beginning on 4 February. South Korean nationals who traveled through Hubei in the last 14 days were encouraged to self quarantine.

Anyone entering South Korea from Hong Kong and Macau will be subject to health screening and possible quarantine as of 11 February. The Health and Welfare Ministry recommended that South Koreans avoid travel to Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand.

A recent spike in the number of cases was traced to church services in Daegu and the city's mayor urged residents to stay indoors and delayed the start of the school year by at least one week. Authorities in Seoul banned major rallies and gatherings. Daegu and Cheongdo are designated as “special care zones.” At least 800 schools in the Daegu region delayed opening for new academic year for at least a week (scheduled to begin on 9 March).

The government raised the national alert to Level 4, or “serious,” which authorizes the government to lock down cities and take other sweeping measures to contain the outbreak. The measures will reportedly include barring visitors from specific countries and restricting public transportation.

Flight status:
Local media reported that 80 percent of flights between China and South Korea have been suspended or reduced. Air Seoul and Eastar Jet suspended routes to China. Asiana Airlines suspended flights to Guilin, Changsha and Haikou beginning 2 February.

Asiana Airlines reduced flights to China by more than half through 1 March, with some routes suspended until 1 April. Korea Air suspended 27 out of 31 routes to China, with the four remaining routes operating on reduced schedules. Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and Air Busan suspended flights through Daegu until 28 March, 9 March, and 28 March, respectively.

Evacuation plans:
Authorities chartered two flights to evacuate South Korean citizens from Wuhan on 30 and 1 February, which were completed. Another flight repatriated South Korean citizens and their Chinese family members from Wuhan on 12 February. Those showing Coronavirus symptoms will not be permitted to board. Evacuees will be quarantined for 14 days upon return. Authorities are reportedly planning an evacuation for citizens aboard the Diamon Princess cruise ship, but a timetable for the evacuation has not been confirmed.

 

Sri Lanka

Restrictions or other measures:
Visa on arrival is suspended for Chinese nationals.

Flight status:
Arrival and departure lobby areas of Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) are closed to all visitors until further notice. Only traveling passengers will be allowed inside the terminal building.

Evacuation plans:
Authorities evacuated a group of Sri Lankan students from Wuhan on 1 February.

 

Sweden

Restrictions or other measures:
Visa application centers are open in Beijing, Shanghai, Jinan, Shenyang, Chengdu, Kunming, Changsha and Hangzhou.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Switzerland

Restrictions or other measures:
Visa application centers are open with limited hours.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Taiwan

Restrictions or other measures:
The government is denying entry to foreign nationals who have been to China, including Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days beginning on 7 February. Some exemptions may be made. Foreign nationals with a Taiwan residency certificate who have been to China within 14 days are required to self-quarantine.

Hong Kong and Macau residents entering Taiwan are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Any foreign national arriving in Taiwan from South Korea will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Chinese nationals arriving from Guangdong were banned from entry beginning 2 February. The government banned international cruise ships from docking in Taiwan.

Authorities banned group tours from Taiwan to Hong Kong and Macau (or that transit through these locations) through 30 April. 

Flight status:
Eva Air announced a partial cancellation of flights to mainland China from 2-16 February. Tigerair cancelled all flights to Macau through 30 April.

Evacuation plans:
Authorities evacuated Taiwan residents aboard the Diamond Princess on 21 February.

 

Tajikistan

Restrictions or other measures:
All travelers from China or who present COVID-19 symptoms will be quarantined for 14 days.

Flight status:
Tajikistan suspended all flights to Iran indefinitely.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Thailand

Restrictions or other measures:
Thai authorities refused to let passengers aboard Holland America cruise ship, the MS Westerdam, disembark in Thailand.

Flight status:
Thai Smile Air suspended flights to China until 1 March. Thai Airways suspends flights to and from mainland China until 31 March. Flights to and from South Korea and Singapore will also be reduced from 17 February-31 March.

Evacuation plans:
An evacuation of Thai nationals from Wuhan by plane was completed on 4 February. The passengers arrived at U-Tapao Airport (UTP) and will be quarantined for 14 days.

 

Tonga

Restrictions or other measures:
Foreign nationals and non-residents arriving from or transiting through mainland China are barred from entry. Arrivals must have been in a country with no cases of COVID-19 for 14 days and have an official medical clearance issued within three days to be permitted entry.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Trinidad and Tobago

Restrictions or other measures:
The government banned anyone living in China or visiting China from entering Trinidad and Tobago for 14 days after leaving China, effective 30 January.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Turkey

Restrictions or other measures:
Turkey closed its border with Iran indefinitely and suspended train services to Iran.

Flight status:
The government banned flights to Iran. Turkey banned all flights from China from 5-29 February. Turkish Airlines subsequently suspended flights to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Xian until 29 February. Turkish Airlines cancelled flights to Mashhad, Isfahan, Tabriz, and Shiraz and reduced flights to Tehran until at least 27 February.

Evacuation plans:
Authorities chartered a plane to evacuate Turkish citizens from Wuhan to Ankara on 1 February. The flight was completed and passengers were quarantined for 14 days. Turkey chartered a plane to evacuate its citizens from Iran on 25 February. Passengers were quarantined for 14 days upon arrival.

 

Turkmenistan

Restrictions or other measures:
Arrivals with a travel history that suggests possible exposure to COVID-19 may be quarantined.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

United Kingdom

Restrictions or other measures:
Authorities raised the risk level for coronavirus in the UK from “low” to “moderate” on 30 January. The UK will withdraw some non-essential staff and their family members from the British Embassy and consulates in China. The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office advised UK citizens in China to leave if they are able and the UK consulate in Chongqing is closed due to the outbreak.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against “all but essential” travel to china. According to British media, the UK has declared the coronavirus outbreak as “a serious and imminent threat to public.” The UK government retains the ability to force suspected virus carriers into isolation. Authorities urged UK nationals and residents returning from northern Italy to self-quarantine.

Existing National Health Service (NHS) guidance for travelers returning from China and other specified areas:

Travelers returning from Wuhan in the last 14 days:

          • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people.
          • Do not leave your house.
          • Do not go to work, school or public areas.
          • Avoid having visitors to your home.
          • Do not use public transport.
          • Call NHS 111 to tell them of your recent travel to the city.
          • Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.
          • If you get a cough, a high temperature, or you feel shortness of breath, continue to follow this advice.

Travelers returning from the rest of China, Macao, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore and Malaysia in the last 14 days who have a cough, temperature of shortness of breath:

          • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people.
          • Do not go to work, school or public areas.
          • Avoid having visitors to your home.
          • Do not use public transport.
          • Call NHS 111 to tell them of your recent travel to the city.
          • Please follow this advice even if your symptoms are mild.

Flight status:
British Airways suspended all direct flights to mainland China. The British Airways suspension will continue through 17 April. Virgin Atlantic will suspend flights to Shanghai until 28 March and cancelled services from Australia to Hong Kong. British Airways is reducing flights to Milan through 14 March.

Evacuation plans:
Authorities evacuated UK citizens on 30 January from Wuhan via plane to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. The flight was completed after a brief delay. All passengers were quarantined for 14 days. A second flight left Wuhan on 1 February, and a third group was evacuated on an aircraft coordinated by French authorities. A final evacuation flight left Wuhan on 9 February and landed at Royal Air Force base Brize Norton. Authorities began evacuating passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship on 21 February.

 

Ukraine

Restrictions or other measures:
None.

Flight status:
SkyUp Airlines suspended services to China until March.

Evacuation plans:
An evacuation of Ukrainian citizens from Wuhan to Kharkiv was completed on 20 February. The flight also included citizens of Argentina, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Montenegro, Panama and Israel. All passengers will be quarantined for 14 days.

 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Restrictions or other measures:
The UAE banned its citizens from travel to Iran and Thailand.

Flight status:
The government suspended all flights to China, except for a single route to Beijing, beginning 5 February. Passengers from Beijing will undergo a six-hour screening at the airport. Etihad flights to China were subsequently suspended. Flights to Iran are suspended until at least 3 March.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

United States

Restrictions or other measures:
The government banned foreign nationals who have traveled to China within 14 days from entering the U.S., effective 2 February 2020. The U.S. Department of State (DoS) raised its travel advisory for China from Level 3 “reconsider travel” to Level 4 “do not travel” on 30 January.

The advisory states that those who are currently in China should consider departing using commercial means. The DoS also announced that it has requested all non-essential U.S. government personnel defer travel to China due to the outbreak.

The U.S. Embassy in Beijing authorized the voluntary departure of non-emergency personnel and family members of U.S. government employees.

On 27 January, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) raised its travel notice for China from Level 2: Practice Enhanced Precautions to Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel, which is its highest warning level. The U.S. Embassy and its Consulates in China will be closed from 3-7 February. DoS recommended on 3 February that U.S. citizens remaining in China take precautionary measures, including avoiding large groups and stocking up on food and other supplies. On 11 February, the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong authorized voluntary departure for its non-essential staff.

According to the CDC, all passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship are banned from entering the U.S. until at least 14 days after disembarking the ship.

On 27 February, the DoS raised its travel advisory for South Korea to Level 3 “reconsider travel,” warning that travelers suspected to have contracted COVID-19 in South Korea could face “travel delays, quarantine, and extremely expensive medical costs.” It also raised its travel advisory for Mongolia to Level 3 “reconsider travel” due to travel and transport restrictions imposed in response to the outbreak.

Flight status:
The U.S. Transport Security Administration (TSA) issued a directive on 2 February instructing airlines to ask all passengers on international flights if they’ve been to mainland China within 14 days. Any U.S. citizen arriving from mainland China or who has been to mainland China within 14 days will undergo screening and up to 14 days of self monitoring.

Chinese nationals coming from China via another international airport are barred from entering the U.S. U.S. citizens who have traveled to China within 14 days need to rebook flights to arrive at one of the following airports: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport (ORD), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Dulles International Airport (IAD), Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

United Airlines suspended flights to China and Hong Kong through 24 April. American Airlines extended its flight suspensions to China until 24 April and to Hong Kong through 23 April. Delta will suspend all flights from the U.S.-China routes from 2 February-30 April. Delta also reduced flights to South Korea through 30 April. Hawaiian Airlines suspended flights to South Korea indefinitely.

Evacuation plans:
The U.S. Department of State (DoS) arranged a flight to relocate its personnel stationed at the U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan to the US. The flight left Wuhan for March Air Reserve Base in California on 29 January.

Two additional flights are scheduled to depart Wuhan on 4 February and will land in California at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego and at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield. Chinese authorities will reportedly prevent Chinese citizens with U.S. residency from leaving on the flight. More flights are reportedly planned. The final flights scheduled to evacuate U.S. citizens from Wuhan will depart on 6 February and land at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas and Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska. Final flights scheduled to evacuate US citizens from Wuhan departed on 6 February. Planes are due to arrive 7 February at USMC Air Station Miramar, California, Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska. Two Boeing 747s chartered by the U.S. government evacuated 14 Americans aboard the Diamond Princess. The passengers were later found to be infected after leaving Japan. The passengers will be placed in isolation to receive medical attention.

 

Uzbekistan

Restrictions or other measures:
None.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
Authorities completed two evacuation flights from Wuhan to Tashkent on 4-5 February. An additional evacuation flight from Beijing was completed on 6 February

 

Vanuatu

Restrictions or other measures:
Foreign nationals who have been to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macau within 14 days are barred from entry. Travelers who have been to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macau since 31 December or who are exhibiting symptoms must have an official medical clearance to be permitted entry.

Flight status:
Normal.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Vietnam

Restrictions or other measures:
The government declared a public health emergency on 1 February and stopped issuing visas on arrival for foreign visitors who have been to mainland China in the past 14 days. The government is asking anyone who visited Hubei within 14 days to seek medical quarantine and anyone who visited mainland China within 14 days to self-quarantine at home. The Son Loi farming region near Hanoi is under quarantine for 20 days after six cases were confirmed in the area. Schools will remain closed through February.

Flight status:
Permits for flights between Vietnam and China, including Hong Kong and Macau, have also been revoked indefinitely as of 3 February. Vietnam Airlines suspended flights to China. Vietjet will suspended all flights to China from 1 February. Bamboo Airways suspended flights to South Korea indefinitely.

Evacuation plans:
None.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

The majority of cases related to this coronavirus outbreak have reported fever, cough and respiratory difficulties (distress, rapid breathing and shortness of breath).

General symptoms related to coronavirus infection can also include, but are not limited to

          • Runny nose
          • Headache
          • Cough
          • Sore throat
          • Fever
          • General feeling of being unwell

Medical Advice for Travelers

Avoid contact with sick people.

Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).

Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Older travelers and those with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease.

Travel to Wuhan

You should discuss travel to Wuhan with your health care provider.

Infection control at medical facilities in Wuhan and the region is uncertain; avoid medical settings if possible, particularly for minor medical ailments.

The U.S. Department of State has advised "Do Not Travel" to Whuhan since 30 January.

 

Our Coronavirus Quarantine Policies

In an attempt to control the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, several countries including the U.S. are enforcing a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers who may have been exposed to the virus.

The Global Rescue Intelligence team monitors the outbreak closely and provides this daily report that includes precautions and efforts by various countries to control the spread of the virus within their borders.

Some nations have begun to quarantine all travelers arriving from any countries that have confirmed cases.

Global Rescue recommends before departure, travelers carefully review the coronavirus control policies of their destination and defer travel if there is a chance of being quarantined.

Global Rescue strongly supports the international effort to control the spread of coronavirus. If a Global Rescue member is quarantined, Global Rescue will continue to provide medical and other advisory services. However, medical evacuation is not possible during a mandated quarantine period.

 

 

* Data based on press reporting and subject to further verification.


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