Returning flights from China to the U.S. rerouted to 1 of 11 airports
Tue., Feb 4, 2020, 10:00am PST
All returning flights from China to the U.S. are being rerouted to one of eleven major airports in an effort to mitigate risk and contain the spread of the coronavirus. Travelers are being rerouted at no cost. Below is the list of airports where flights from China to the U.S. are being rerouted.
- Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
- Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
- Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
- Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
- Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
- Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia
More information can be found here and is summarized below:
- CBP and airlines are working together to identify and rebook any passengers that require re-routing. Travelers showing symptoms of the virus should be prepared for the possibility of prolonged delay to avoid spreading the infection.
- American air travelers that have been to China in the last 14 days will be routed through one of the above airports and be required to undergo enhanced health screenings.
- Any individual traveling from Hubei Province, China or other areas of the mainland who’s showing symptoms associated with coronavirus will be screened and required to be quarantined at a nearby medical facility.
- Any individual who spent time in China, but outside the Hubei province, who shows no symptoms following a health screening will be re-booked to their destination and asked to “self-quarantine” at their home.
- Travelers may also be routed through one of these eleven airports if it is discovered mid-flight that someone else on their flight has been in China in the last 14 days.
Airline Cancellations and Waivers
Since the coronavirus was declared a global emergency, airlines continue to issue waiver codes and cancel or change flights into surrounding areas in China in an attempt to contain the virus. Please contact TripActions travel agents, available 24/7, should you wish to enquire whether your flight booking has an applicable change or cancel waiver.
Additional Country-wide Travel Bans
Countries continue to follow the U.S. government’s actions by banning the entry of foreign nationals who have traveled within China. The Czech Republic, the Maldives, Iraq, and effective February 7th, Taiwan, are some of the countries that have taken similar action.
We are continuing to monitor this situation closely and will provide updates accordingly within this blog. If you or your travelers have any questions related to this issue, please contact us via chat in app or reach out to [email protected].