Health Alert – U.S. Mission Russia

January 31, 2020

Location:  Wuhan, Hankou area, China

Event:  Due to the ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness, first identified in Wuhan, China, the U.S. Government issued a Level 4 Do Not Travel Alert on January 30, 2020.  This alert recommends that U.S. citizens avoid travel to China due to the rapid spread of coronavirus.  The Government of the Russian Federation has taken additional steps to control the spread of the virus.  On January 29, 2020, the Russian government closed many of the land border crossings between China and the Russian Federation, and restricted rail passenger service between Russia and China.  These actions may impact U.S. citizens living or visiting in Russia and we strongly recommend that U.S. citizens avoid all travel to China until further notice.

Actions to Take:

  • Consult the CDC website, for the most up-to-date information regarding enhanced screening procedures.
  • Check with the airlines regarding any flight cancellations and/or restrictions on flying.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Seek medical care right away, if you traveled to Wuhan and feel sick or were exposed to someone who was in Wuhan in the last six weeks who has fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.


U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

 U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg

U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok

State Department – Consular Affairs

  • 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

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