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Health Alert: Hong Kong (China), Novel Coronavirus

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China.


The Hong Kong and Macau governments have both reported several cases of the coronavirus in their special administrative regions which originated in Wuhan.  Hong Kong has declared the scope of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak to be an emergency, the highest response level, and may quarantine those it believes have been exposed to the coronavirus.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Hubei Province, China, including Wuhan, due to an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus, which can be spread from person to person.


Actions to Take

  • Avoid all nonessential travel to Hubei province, China.
  • Monitor the Hong Kong government’s website on the coronavirus infection.
  • Monitor the Macau government’s website for updates on the coronavirus infection.
  • 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, seek medical care immediately. For the most up-to-date information, consult the CDC website.
  • If you are traveling to mainland China, review the China International Travel Information website at travel.state.gov.
  • CDC recommendations include frequent, thorough hand washing and cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).


U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau

+852 2841 2211

+852 2523 9011 (after hours)




State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444


Hong Kong Country Information 

Macau Country Information

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