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Travel Safety

January 21, 2020, 12:00 pm

An outbreak of a novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China is being monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additional cases have been confirmed in Thailand, Japan, and South Korea. 

Authorities are imposing travel restrictions and comprehensive screening measures to prevent the spread of the virus. It has been confirmed that the virus can be transmitted by humans.

Read the full update from the CDC here.

Travel Advice
  • Maintain flexible itineraries when traveling and allow for extra time to go through screening procedures at airports, railway and bus stations, and other transportation hubs
  • Do not travel if you are sick
  • Avoid wet markets and farms
  • Keep a distance from people who are obviously sick
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer
  • Avoid direct contact with animals (dead or alive)
  • Seek medical attention if you develop symptoms, especially a fever or shortness of breath
  • Monitor up-to-date information about the virus from the CDC, International SOS, and local media
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Protect your passport and visa
Your passport is the most valuable document you have. Be aware of where your passport is at all times.
  • Hide your passport securely on your person when you will need it close to hand. Keep it handy; you may need to show it to check into hotels or carry as an identity document.
  • Do not leave your passport in a handbag or an exposed pocket. Keep passports in places that are inaccessible to thieves and pickpockets.
  • If you are traveling with a group, do not have one person carry all the passports. Each traveler should hold on to his or her own passport.
  • Have extra passport photos and photocopy of info in case of loss.

Protect your luggage

  • Use TSA locks on your luggage
  • Use only a business or school address and telephone number on your tags
  • Never place valuables in checked luggage
  • Never leave your luggage unattended

Know the local laws

  • You are not protected by the U.S. Constitution or U.S. law while overseas. You are subject to local laws.
  • Ask to contact the nearest embassy or U.S. consulate if you are arrested or detained
  • Stay calm and be respectful of the officers or officials
  • Do not admit anything or volunteer any information
  • Do not sign anything. Decline politely and wait until you have legal or embassy/consulate representation