U.S. Travel Association is monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation originating in Wuhan, China and its potential impact on inbound travel to the United States, particularly for passengers arriving at U.S. airports from the affected region. Chinese state media reported that the country has shut down public transportation departures from three cities in central Hubei province, and public health organizations both in the U.S. and abroad continue to assess whether further precautions are necessary. U.S. Travel encourages travelers and travel industry partners to monitor and follow guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which at the moment continues to be very specific to travelers to and from central China. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health on Wednesday described the health risk to the American public as “very low,” and advised that no further special precautions in the U.S. are necessary at this time.
- The U.S. Travel Association is in contact with CDC officials regarding this evolving situation.
- Chinese state media report that public transportation departures have been halted in three cities in central Hubei province.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health said late Wednesday that the health risk to the U.S. is “really very low” and that no extraordinary measures are necessary at this time.
- Still, precautions initiated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are in place which are specific to travelers arriving from some parts of China, including:
- Travelers are encouraged to follow guidance issued by official sources of public health information, such as the CDC. As of January 23, the CDC’s new coronavirus travel notice was moved back down to ”Level 1: Practice Usual Precautions” after having been at “Level 2” for the previous two days. The CDC has made clear that screening enhancements are specific to travelers to and from central China.
- We understand that, on arrival to the United States, travelers from Wuhan, China may undergo health screening, including having their temperature taken. Travelers with symptoms will have an additional health assessment.
- CDC has deployed personnel to five main U.S. entry ports—New York JFK, Los Angeles International, San Francisco International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and O’Hare International in Chicago—to conduct screening of passengers on direct and connecting flights
from Wuhan, China. U.S. Travel will maintain contact with airport leaders at the affected ports of entry.
- The CDC confirmed on January 21 the first case of Novel Coronavirus in the United States (in the state of Washington).
- WHO-World Health Organization, based on currently available information, does not recommend any restriction of travel or trade.