Coronavirus: U.S. Adds New Travel Restrictions, Screenings


The ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus has introduced new travel restrictions for airline passengers arriving in the United States. Cruise lines, on the other hand, are strengthening screening procedures and adjusting routes.

Effective February 2, under the new travel restrictions, all foreigners who have traveled to mainland China within the past 14 days will be denied permission to travel to the United States. In addition, U.S. citizens or legitimate permanent residents of the United States returning to the United States who have traveled to mainland China within the past 14 days must enter the United States from one of the following approved airports:

  • Atlanta: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
  • Dallas / Fort Worth: Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) starts at 3:30 am ET on February 3
  • Detroit: Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) February 3, 7:30 am ET
  • Newark, NJ: Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) February 3, 6:30 am ET
  • Honolulu: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)
  • New York City: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • Los Angeles: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Chicago: Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Seattle: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
  • San Francisco: San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Washington DC: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Additionally, citizens who have traveled to Hubei, China in the past 14 days are subject to a 14-day quarantine, and citizens who have been anywhere in China in the past 14 days are subject to their own-quarantine. The airline has been instructed to ask travelers arriving on international flights if they have been to China within the last 14 days.

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Updating the airline

American Airlines suspended all flights between the United States and China on Friday, January 31, . The airline states that it will work to assist all customers affected by travel restrictions. If you plan to fly to an unauthorized airport, you will be rerouted or refunded.

Delta has suspended flights between the United States and China as of February 2. The airline has stated that it will assist passengers affected by the new travel restrictions by re-accommodating them on alternative flights or refunds on flights after April 30.

United will suspend all medical conditions to Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai from February 5 to March 28 and reduce frequency to these cities by February 5. In addition, United has stated that it will waive change fees to rebook flights for customers traveling to Wuhan and other destinations in mainland China.

In all cases, travelers should consider additional time at the airport, as additional screening extends the normal check-in process.

Cruise update

Cruise Line has similarly updated security measures related to the virus, and some have released itinerary changes.

All Cruise Line International Associations (CLIA) member lines will refuse to board guests or crew who have traveled to mainland China within the past 14 days. Certain routes, such as Regent Seven Seas Cruises MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines, will be denied boarding for visitors within the past 30 days. Regent and Norway also conduct non-contact temperature screening for guests departing from Hong Kong, and will not board passengers with a registered heat of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. MSC conducts these temperature screenings for guests departing from all ports worldwide.

Cruise Line also introduces additional Deep Sea Sanitation members to each fleet.

Regarding the itinerary update, MSC Cruises has announced plans to relocate the first departure of MSC Splendida's voyage, which will depart on February 14. , Japan, Naha and Hong Kong will be canceled and new calls in Langkawi, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam will be prioritized.

Crystal Cruises has canceled many planned calls in support of calls at Hong Kong's Crystal Symphony at Tapei, Taiwan. This move applies to voyages on February 2, 7, 15, March 1, 15, and 31.

Seaborn has canceled a call by Seaborn Ovation to China's 590 gates scheduled for Monday, February 3rd. Instead, visit Sandakan, Malaysia, Monday, February 10.

Royal Caribbean Cruise has been canceled until February 8 from three voyages of Spectrum of the Seas .

So far, there have been more than 17,000 cases of coronavirus and 362 deaths, one in the Philippines and the rest in China, CNBC reports.

Last week, the State Department updated travel recommendations on China to the highest level "Level 4: Travel Prohibited". The World Health Organization (WHO) has also declared that the outbreak is a public health emergency of international concern.

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