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The US State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a series of travel warnings for Americans because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Cases have been reported in over 100 countries, with the US experiencing increased community spread. President Donald Trump announced new travel restrictions as US cases surpassed 1,000 and the death toll rose to 38. These new restrictions bar all travel from Europe – excluding the UK and Ireland – for at least 30 days.
The announcement came just hours after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic.
The CDC’s guidelines range from Level 1: Practice usual precautions to Level 3: Avoid all nonessential travel.
The current CDC warnings are:
Here are travel precautions and guidelines the US government has issued for countries affected by the coronavirus.
Cases of the coronavirus have been reported in over 100 countries, with the majority in China.
If traveling to any areas where disease transmission is present, the CDC recommends that Americans:
The CDC has issued a level 3 travel guidance for three countries and Europe (excluding the UK and Ireland) because of the coronavirus. The agency has also issued a level 2 guidance for high-risk travelers throughout the entire world.
The CDC warns that any traveler returning from a level 3 country will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time they left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread.
The CDC has issued its most severe warning for China, Iran, South Korea, and Europe (except the UK and Ireland) due to ongoing spread of the disease.
Additionally, the CDC has issued a Level 2 travel warning for high-risk travelers throughout the entire world. High-risk travelers include older adults and those with chronic medical conditions, who are at greater risk of contracting the disease.
The CDC recommends that high-risk travelers reconsider traveling, and if they do, they should wash their hands frequently, monitor their health, and limit interactions with others for a period of 14 days after returning from travel.
The CDC issued its highest health notice for mainland China (Level 3: Avoid nonessential travel).
The US State Department encourages any Americans in China to depart the country by commercial means and recommends that US citizens remaining in China spend as much time as possible at home and away from public gatherings.
At least 73 airlines have canceled flights to China amid coronavirus fears, and the US government evacuated some US citizens from the country.
The White House has barred foreign nationals who have been to China in the past 14 days from entering the US, is quarantining Americans who recently traveled to China’s Hubei province, and is asking Americans who visited other parts of China to “self-quarantine.”
The CDC warns that older adults and people with chronic medical conditions have an increased risk of the disease. Furthermore, the agency has outlined that those arriving in the US from China will undergo health screenings and that travelers who have been to China within the past 14 days must enter through specific airports and participate in monitoring by health officials until 14 days after they left China.
China has reported more than 80,000 cases and at least 3,00 deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus – the most of any country.
The CDC also issued its highest health notice for South Korea (Level 3: Avoid nonessential travel).
The CDC recommends Americans avoid traveling to South Korea, which has seen a particularly high transmission of the coronavirus. It warned that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions could be at risk of severe symptoms from the virus.
The State Department also warned: “If suspected to have coronavirus in South Korea, you may face travel delays, quarantine, and extremely expensive medical costs.”
Vice President Mike Pence said authorities were warning Americans against traveling to specific areas of South Korea. He also said the State Department is developing medical screening guidelines for people returning to the US.
By Thursday, South Korea had reported 7,869 cases and 66 deaths from the coronavirus.
The CDC has also issued its highest health notice for Iran (Level 3: Avoid nonessential travel).
The number of coronavirus cases in Iran has surged recently; the CDC increased its threat level because the country “is experiencing sustained community spread.”
The agency recommends Americans avoid all non-essential travel to Iran.
The State Department also gives Iran a Level 4 warning because of what it says is a high risk of kidnapping, arrest, and detention of US citizens.
The US government does not have formal diplomatic relations with Iran and says it is therefore unable to provide emergency services to US citizens, so strongly recommends avoiding travel to the country.
By Thursday, Iran had reported more than 10,000 cases and 429 deaths from the coronavirus.
The US State Department has urged all Americans to reconsider travel globally.
The US State Department advises all US citizens to reconsider travel as an increasing number of countries have experienced community spread of the virus.
Additionally, the State Department warns that many areas in the world are administering quarantines, stricter border control, and travel bans that may inhibit US travel abroad. The US State Department offers a complete list of travel advisories by country, and urges all Americans to check this updated information before traveling.
The CDC has not issued restrictions on Americans traveling within the US, but recommends all travelers take certain precautions and have a plan in place.
The CDC recommends that Americans taking into account the following questions before traveling throughout the US:
The CDC has outlined a set of precautions for all travelers to protect themselves from the disease.
The CDC “recommends that all travelers reconsider cruise ship voyages to or within Asia.”
Some cruises have had their itineraries changed or canceled. You can find out if your cruise has been affected by the coronavirus by checking social media, your cruise line’s website, or your email. Business Insider’s full instructions related to cruises can be found here.
The US State Department has announced travel restrictions barring most non-US citizens or permanent residents from entering the country from most of Europe.
As of Wednesday, the US State Department has issued travel restrictions for 29 nations in Europe, known as the Schengen Area. The restrictions will be put into place on Friday, March 13, and last at least 30 days in an attempt to halt the coronavirus outbreak.
The ban includes:
Foreign nationals have also been barred from entering the US from China, Iran, and most of Europe.
On Wednesday, Trump announced that foreign nationals have been suspended from arriving in the US from China, Iran, or the Schengan area of Europe.
Foreign nationals who have visited China or Iran in the past 14 days are barred from entering the US.
American citizens, lawful permanent residents, and their families who have been in China or Iran in the past 14 days will be allowed to enter the US, but will be redirected to one of 11 airports with a quarantine station to undergo health screening.
Depending on their health and travel history, they may have restrictions placed on their movements for 14 days from the time they left China or Iran.
Foreign nationals who have been in one of the 26 European countries barred from travel will be suspended from entering the US, as well. According to the US State Department, in most cases, this suspension doesn’t bar legal residents or immediate family members of US citizens.
The coronavirus has been declared a pandemic. The US has seen a rapid spread of the virus in the past week.
The US has reported at least 1,350 cases and 38 deaths as of Thursday.
At least 45 states have been infected, with Washington state being hit the hardest. Due to a lack of testing and failed communication efforts, authorities are struggling to get a sense of just how widespread the virus is.
On Wednesday, the WHO declared the virus a pandemic.
“WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock, and we’re deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction,” the WHO’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told reporters in Geneva.
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