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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Beijing, People’s Republic of China
March 4, 2020

health alert imageLocation:  People’s Republic of China

Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.

The government of PRC has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.

State / local government actions:  Effective immediately, cities including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as Guangdong and Sichuan Provinces will require people who have recently visited countries with “severe outbreaks” (including South Korea, Japan, Iran and Italy) to be quarantined for 14 days in a Chinese facility, greatly restricting or eliminating the passengers ability to leave quarantine during the 14-day observation period.

Actions to Take:

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
  • Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in China.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s websiteon the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
  • Seek medical care right away if you believe you may have COVID-19 (or similar symptoms) or were exposed to someone who may have COVID-19 in the last six weeks.
  • Be aware you may be subject to quarantine for an undetermined period of time if you plan to travel to China.


  • U.S. Embassy/Consulate Beijing, China
    Telephone: +(86)(10) 8531-4000
    Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(86)(10) 8531-4000
    Email: BeijingACS@state.gov
  • U.S. Consulate General Chengdu, China
    Telephone: +(86)(28) 8558-3992
    Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(86)(10) 8531-4000
    Email: AmCitChengdu@state.gov
  • U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou, China
    Telephone: +(86)(20) 3814-5775
    Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(86)(10) 8531-4000
    Email: GuangzhouACS@state.gov
  • U.S. Consulate General Shanghai, China
    Telephone: +(86)(21) 8011-2400
    Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(86)(10) 8531-4000
    Email: ShanghaiACS@state.gov
  • U.S. Consulate General Shenyang, China
    Telephone: +(86)(24) 2322-1198
    Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(86)(24) 2322-1198
    Email: ShenyangACS@state.gov
  • State Department – Consular Affairs
  • 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
  • China Country Information
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