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Travel Advisory for China to Level 4: Do Not Travel – (18 FEB 2020)
February 18, 2020

Travel Advisory for China to Level 4: Do Not Travel – (18 FEB 2020)

The Department of State has upgraded our Travel Advisory for  China to Level 4: Do Not Travel due to novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei province.   Those currently in China should attempt to depart by commercial means.

Most commercial air carriers have reduced or suspended routes to and from China, yet seats remain available to depart the country. Commercial travel allows control over where you plan to travel, luggage restrictions, and the transportation of pets.

In the event that the situation further deteriorates, the ability of the U.S.  Embassy and Consulates to provide assistance to U.S. nationals within China may be limited.  The United States is not offering chartered evacuation flights from China.

We strongly urge U.S. citizens remaining in China to stay home as much as possible and limit contact with others, including large gatherings. Consider stocking up on food and other supplies to limit movement outside the home.  U.S. citizens remaining in China should follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Chinese health authorities’ guidance for prevention, signs and symptoms, and treatment (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html).

The Chinese government is taking a number of steps to try to control the spread of the virus and those steps may vary from place to place. Travelers should be prepared for the possibility of travel restrictions with little or no advance notice.  U.S. citizens should also be aware of local public health requirements.  Remember that while in China, U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of China.

In Hubei province, the United States does not have any further evacuation flights departing Wuhan International Airport.  American citizens currently in travel restricted areas in Hubei province and other areas in China should shelter-in-place, limit contact with others, and consider stocking up on food and other supplies to limit movement outside the home.

If you are in Hubei and believe your health is in danger, seek out a medical professional. The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission has identified a list of hospitals (http://wjw.wuhan.gov.cn/front/web/showDetail/2020012009078) that can test for the coronavirus.  This page is in Chinese, yet you may use Google Translate page to see page in English.

Chinese authorities have imposed strict travel restrictions in the area around Wuhan.  Travelers should be aware that the Chinese government could prevent them from entering or exiting parts of Hubei province.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Hubei province.

For U.S. citizens in Hubei province, please provide personal information for yourself and for all U.S. family members to CoronaVirusEmergencyUSC@state.gov.  Note that we will not respond individually to these emails, but will record the responses in the event future evacuation opportunities arise.  If you have already provided your information, there is no need to report it again.

  1. Full Name as in your Passport
  2. U.S. Passport Number
  3. Chinese Visa Information
  4. Legal Permanent Residents/Chinese Nationals:a.  Description of Direct Relationship to American Citizen Family (i.e. spouse, child, parent or guardian)
    b.  LPR Number:
    c.  Chinese Passport Number:
  1. Date of Birth
  2. Gender:
  3. Email Address:
  4. Phone Number:
  5. Point of Origin:
  6. Vehicle License Plate:
  7. Driver’s Name:
  8. Driver’s National ID: