Coronavirus: Travel Advisories and More

In January, I remember skimming over a news article that mentioned certain airports were screening for a new virus. Fast-forward to the first week of March when Coronavirus officially became the travel boogeyman.

This post and subsequent ones like it are news round-ups, meant to help you make informed decisions about your travel plans.

As of March 30, 2020:

  1. The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial travel options remain available, U.S. citizens should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite length of time. For more information, visit the Department of State website.
  2. As of now, no U.S. states have issued orders that forbid air travel. One of the most aggressive policies within the U.S. is in Puerto Rico, which is requiring commercial flights from outside the island to land at airports where passengers can undergo health screenings. Source
  3. Hawaii imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine of all people arriving to the state, including returning residents. Source
  4. Around the world countries have imposed travel restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Here, the current list: Source
  5. The U.S. and Canada border remains closed. Source
  6. Cruising suspended. Canadian ports will not be open to cruise ships with 500 people or more until July. Source

To visualize and track reported cases in real-time, visit this interactive web-based dashboard hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.


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