March 03, 2020
Traveling Internationally During the Coronavirus Outbreak
As the world deals with the fallout from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it is important to keep in mind the impact this may have on your international travel. At present, the Department of State has restricted entry to the U.S. for those who have traveled to or through multiple countries, including China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran. Numerous airlines have also suspended operations to areas hard hit by the coronavirus. Furthermore, the U.S. and many other countries have instituted mandatory quarantines for those traveling through at-risk countries.
The situation is rapidly evolving, and it is not possible to predict where the next outbreak will occur. Hence, travel restrictions or mandatory quarantines may be implemented in a matter of days. Once these travel restrictions or mandatory quarantines are put in place, there is little that can be done other than complying with the orders.
In summary, it is possible that if you travel internationally you could be left stranded abroad due to cessation of airline operations, travel restrictions, or mandatory quarantines. We recommend that before traveling internationally, you carefully consider all potential consequences that could arise due to the coronavirus outbreak. Please keep in mind that if you do decide to travel internationally, this travel is undertaken at your own risk.