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Health Alert U.S. Embassy Beijing, February 4, 2020 (4 FEB 2020)
February 4, 2020

Location: Wuhan, Hankou area

Event: There is an ongoing outbreak of a respiratory illness first identified in Wuhan, China, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. In an effort to contain the novel coronavirus, the Chinese authorities have suspended air and rail travel in the area around Wuhan.

The Department of State may be staging additional evacuation flights with capacity for private U.S. citizens on a reimbursable basis, leaving Wuhan Tianhe International Airport on February 6, 2020. Interested U.S. citizens in possession of valid passports should contact CoronaVirusEmergencyUSC@State.gov with the information listed below. There is no need to call to confirm receipt of your email.

If you or your immediate family members are interested in departing on a flight, please immediately email  CoronaVirusEmergencyUSC@state.gov with the below information for each passenger:

Full name exactly as written on your passport
Date of birth
Passport number
Names of accompanying family members
License plate of vehicle transporting you to airport
Driver’s name
Driver’s national ID number Name of Place you are driving from
Name of city and province you are driving from

If you are not a U.S. citizen, but will be traveling with a U.S. citizen immediately family member please also provide:

Your relationship to the U.S. citizen (which must be a child, spouse, or parent)
Green card number, if you are a U.S. legal permanent resident
U.S. visa number, if you are not a U.S. legal permanent resident

If space is available, we will contact you with additional information. Please note that you will be responsible for your own transportation to Wuhan Tianhe International Airport.

Chinese health authorities will be screening travelers at the airport and may deny boarding to anyone who may be of health concern. They may also deny boarding to the passenger’s family members or involuntarily hospitalize anyone of health concern. Prior to actually boarding the aircraft, you will again be screened by Department of State medical personnel.  Travelers who develop symptoms or fever during travel will be referred for medical care.

In accordance with the Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus, beginning at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Sunday, February 2, the United States government will implement temporary measures to increase our abilities to detect and contain the coronavirus proactively and aggressively.  Any U.S. citizen returning to the United States who has been in Hubei Province in the previous 14 days will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine to ensure they are provided proper medical care and health screening.  Our goal is to complete the health screening activities in a manner that safeguards the health and safety of all passengers and the people of the United States.

The Department of State will continue to monitor the situation and work diligently to assist the needs of U.S. citizens who are in the Wuhan area affected by the current outbreak situation.