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Coronavirus Advisory

Date:

02/29/2020


Coronavirus Advisory

New coronavirus. Alert 4 for the Lombardy and Veneto Regions (update 29 February 2020).

The United States maintains the travel alert for Italy at level 3 ("Avoid Non Essential Travel"). However, in light of the spread of Coronavirus in some areas of the country, on February 29, 2020, the Department of State raised the travel alert for the Lombardy and Veneto Regions to level 4 ("Do Not Travel") . With alert level 4, American citizens are advised not to travel in any of the areas indicated. A flight ban to and from affected areas is not foreseen. For more information, please check:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/italy-travel-advisory.html

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-italy

The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Consulates’ Network in the United States are monitoring the situation in conjunction with the Crisis Response Unit at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For further updates please visit the web site www.viaggiaresicuri.it and the web page of the Embassy of Italy in the United States: https://ambwashingtondc.esteri.it/ambasciata_washington/it

Measures for entry into the US from Italy (update 29 February 2020).

Due to the increase in coronavirus cases in Italy, some countries have already introduced entry restrictions against travelers coming from Italy, and further measures may be taken in the coming days. Such decisions are the exclusive competence of the local authorities of the destination countries and will be published, as they are notified, on the relevant country profiles on the following website: www.viaggiaresicuri.it

As far as the United States is concerned, to date local authorities have not introduced any restrictions for travelers arriving in the country with flights from Italy. There are no restrictive measures with regards to flights arriving from or departing for Italy, and travelers arriving in the Unites States aboard carriers coming from Italy.

This situation is being closely monitored by the Italian Embassy and the Italian consular network in the United States, in conjunction with the Crisis Management Unit of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. For updates, please refer to www.viaggiaresicuri.it as well as to the web page of the Italian Embassy in the US: https://ambwashingtondc.esteri.it/ambasciata_washington/it

New coronavirus. Health safety measures in airports for foreign citizens who stayed in China or Iran in the 14 days prior to their arrival in the USA (update 29 February 2020).

In order to cope with the spread of the coronavirus in the country, local authorities have declared a state of public health emergency. In conformity with this declaration, starting Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 5 pm (eastern standard time) all non-US citizens who have stayed in China in the 14 days prior to their arrival in the U.S., with exception for the Special Autonomous Regions of Hong Kong and Macao, will be barred entry to the United States. This does not apply to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States, who shall receive a differentiated treatment, the details of which are available on the website of the Department of Health (www.hhs.gov). Similar restrictions and exceptions will apply from 2 March 2020 at 17.00 (local time on the east coast) to all non-American citizens who have stayed in Iran in the 14 days prior to arrival in the USA. In addition, all flights from China will be routed through seven airports (JFK New York, O'Hare Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta and Honolulu), where transfer passengers will undergo medical entry screenings before they can continue to their final destination.


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