• The U.S. government has taken unprecedented steps with respect to travel in response to the growing public health threat posed by this new coronavirus:

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      Effective February 2, at 5pm, the U.S. government suspended entry of foreign nationals who have been in China within the past 14 days.
      • U.S. citizens, residents, and their immediate family members who have been in Hubei province and other parts of mainland China are allowed to enter the United States, but they are subject to health monitoring and possible quarantine for up to 14 days.

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On February 29, the U.S. government announced it was suspending entry of foreign nationals who have been in Iran within the past 14 days.

Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel; widespread community transmission; restrictions on entry to U.S.

Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions; sustained/ongoing community transmission

Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions; limited community transmission

 

CDC has issued the following travel guidance related to COVID-19:

  • China — Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel — updated February 22;

    • There is widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in China.

    • Entry to the US of most foreign nationals who have been in China during the previous 14 days has been suspended

    • US citizens, residents, and others who are permitted entry after leaving China may be subject to health monitoring in the US for up to 14 days

    • CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China

    • Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease

    • If your travel to China is essential:

    • Avoid contact with sick people

    • Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol

    • Stay home and monitor your health for 14 days after returning to the US. Seek medical advice if you get sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing

    • Avoid traveling if you are sick

    • Visit CDCs webpage for additional information about COVID-19.

  • Hong Kong — Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions — issued February 19;

  • Iran — Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel — updated February 28;

    • There is widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in Iran.

    • Entry to the US of most foreign nationals who have been in Iran during the previous 14 days has been suspended

    • US citizens, residents, and others who are permitted entry after leaving Iran may be subject to health monitoring in the US for up to 14 days

    • CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Iran

    • Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease

    • If your travel to Iran is essential:

    • Avoid contact with sick people

    • Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol

    • Stay home and monitor your health for 14 days after returning to the US. Seek medical advice if you get sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing

    • Avoid traveling if you are sick

    • Visit CDCs webpage for additional information about COVID-19.

  • Italy — Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel — updated February 28;

    • There is widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in Italy.

    • CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Italy

    • Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease

    • If your travel to Italy is essential:

    • Avoid contact with sick people

    • Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol

    • Stay home and monitor your health for 14 days after returning to the US. Seek medical advice if you get sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing

    • Avoid traveling if you are sick

    • Visit CDCs webpage for additional information about COVID-19.

  • Japan — Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions — updated February 22;

  • South Korea — Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel — updated February 24.

A: CDC does not recommend travelers wear masks to protect themselves from the new coronavirus.

 

You may choose to wear a mask, but it is more important that you take the following steps.

We recommend that everyone follow everyday prevention practices:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning.

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