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US Flight Restrictions Due To Coronavirus

Passengers flying to the US may be subject to specific procedures if they've been in China

Published on February 3, 2020

The US Department of Homeland Security has confirmed procedures and restrictions starting from February 2, 2020, which will affect inbound airline passengers from China due to ongoing concerns about the spread of Coronavirus.

The procedures, confirmed over the weekend, affect both American citizens and non-US Citizens flying to the United States who are flying from China, or who have been in China during the previous 14 days.

For American Citizens

"Americans flying to the United States from China will be re-routed to the following airports at no cost to the traveler:

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois;
San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan

The DHS guidance goes on to explain:

- "American air travelers should be aware that if they have been to China in the last 14 days, they will be routed through one of eleven airports to undergo enhanced health screenings. Any individual traveling from China who has either been in Hubei Province or other areas of the mainland and is showing symptoms associated with the virus will be screened and subject to mandatory quarantine by medical professionals at a nearby facility."

- "If a traveler who spent time in China, but outside the Hubei province, is re-routed through one of the eleven airports and shows no symptoms following a health screening, they will be re-booked to their destination and asked to 'self-quarantine' at their homes.

- "CBP and air carriers are working together to identify and rebook any passengers that meet these criteria, however other travelers without a nexus to China may also be routed through one of these eleven airports if it is discovered mid-flight that someone else on their flight has been in China in the last 14 days.

- "Travelers showing symptoms should be prepared for the possibility of prolonged delay to avoid spreading the infection.

For more information on procedures, check with your airline or go to The DHS Website

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