Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Singapore (February 5, 2020)
Event: Health Alert – Coronavirus and Travel Restrictions
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China and subsequently declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Level 4 Travel Advisory for China – Do Not Travel
The Department of State has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for The People’s Republic of China following a decision by the World Health Organization to declare the coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The United States advises U.S. citizens not to travel to China. The U.S. Department of State will continue to closely monitor the situation in China and will revise our travel advisory as conditions warrant.
U.S. Travel Restrictions and Presidential Proclamation
The U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services has declared that the coronavirus presents a Public Health Emergency in the United States. In accordance with the declaration, beginning 5 p.m. EST, February 2, 2020, the U.S. government implemented temporary measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Please note:
- Any U.S. citizen returning to the U.S. who has been in Hubei province in the previous 14 days may be subject to up to 14 days of quarantine.
- Any U.S. citizen returning to the U.S. who has been in the rest of mainland China within the previous 14 days may undergo a health screening and possible self-quarantine.
- Please read these Department of Homeland Security supplemental instructions for further details.
On Friday, January 31 President Trump signed a proclamation barring entry to the United States of most foreign nationals who traveled to China within the past 14 days. This action follows the declaration of a public health emergency in the United States related to the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. The full text of the presidential proclamation is available on the White House website.
Singapore Travel Restrictions
The government of Singapore has also implemented travel restrictions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. According to Singapore’s Ministry of Health recent statement:
- From 1 February 2020, 11:59pm, all new visitors with recent travel history to mainland China within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into or transit through Singapore.
- The following returning groups will be issued an advisory for them to be placed on a 14-day leave of absence from the day of their return from China:
- Residents (Singaporean Citizens/ PRs) with recent travel history to mainland China within the last 14 days; and
- Long-term pass holders (including Work Passes and Permits, Student Pass, Dependent Pass and Long-term Visit Pass) with recent travel history to mainland China within the last 14 days.
U.S. citizens who are not Singaporean residents or long-term pass-holders should delay their travel to or through Singapore if they have been in Mainland China within 14 days prior to date of arrival in Singapore.
Additional information regarding the novel coronavirus in Singapore can be found at the Singapore Ministry of Health’s website.
Actions to Take:
- The situation is changing rapidly throughout the region, and you are recommended to follow official and reliable sources of information such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Singapore Ministry of Health, and the World Health Organization.
- Monitor Singapore local media for updates on further precautionary measures that may affect airports and other ports of entry, schools and other public facilities.
The Singapore Ministry of Health, U.S. CDC, and the World Health Organization have all published similar recommendations on what you can do to reduce your risk of infection. These include:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Practice safe food handling and avoid animal markets.
- Keep your workspace and living spaces clean.
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