Safety Updates: February 2020

February 26

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, authorities in several countries have introduced travel restrictions and health screening measures at various airports. These restrictions are currently being applied to travelers arriving either directly or indirectly from China, Iran, Singapore, and South Korea. Some airlines have suspended flights to and from China and Iran. Additionally, there has been a significant increase in cases in South Korea, Italy, and Japan. Travelers are advised to reconfirm their itineraries prior to traveling and to contact the airlines and appropriate immigration authorities for up… Read more

February 21

Carnival celebrations, which will include numerous parades and street festivals, are expected to take place across the world this weekend. Due to the presence of large crowds, crime such as mugging and pickpocketing should be anticipated, despite heightened security. Travelers are encouraged to remain vigilant at all times. Travel Advice Avoid carrying large sums of cash or multiple credit cards in your wallet or purse. Do not accept drinks or food from strangers. Always watch your drink being made and pay close attention whenever buying food from the street vendors. If you notice any… Read more

February 1

The White House has declared a public health emergency for the U.S. Beginning Feb. 2 at 5pm EST, the U.S. will temporarily suspend entry of foreign nationals who have been in mainland China within the last 14 days, with the exception of permanent residents and immediate family members of U.S. citizens. Any U.S. citizens who have traveled in China within the last 14 days must go through one of seven airports (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Atlanta, Honolulu, or Chicago) for entry screening. They will then be monitored and self-isolated for up to 14 days. Any U.S. citizens who… Read more