Coronavirus: What You Need To Know
- The travel advisory has been expanded to cover all of China.
- The U.S. plans to expand screening for the virus to 20 airports from the current five.
- The CDC issued a level 3 travel warning on Monday, its highest level, recommending travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China.
- Stay up to date: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/novel-coronavirus-china and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/novel-coronavirus-2019.html for further updates.
Locations with Confirmed 2019-nCoV Cases: China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Australia, Cambodia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, The Republic of Korea, United States, Vietnam
The most current information available from one resource put confirmed Coronavirus cases at 9,776 in China, with 213 deaths reported. Countries outside of China have reported a total of 111 confirmed cases of the virus, which originated in China’s Hubei province where it jumped from livestock to a human host in the city of Wuhan.
What Our Travelers Should Expect
Our JTB Business Travel Advisors are contacting all travelers expecting to travel this week and while the travel warning is in effect. Travelers will be asked if they are open to rescheduling their itineraries. Some airlines have already provided “waivers” which give travelers the ability to change their travel without incurring the usual airline change fee.
Our recommendation is that if travel can be avoided while the advisory is in place, it should be. Not just due to the risk of infection but also due to the risk of being stranded, given the dynamics of the situation. Travelers who can re-book their travel should contact their JTB Business Travel Advisor immediately.
We sincerely wish that our valued clients, colleagues, and their families who are in China and other areas already affected by the virus are as safe as possible during this time.