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Travel advice for novel coronavirus COVID-19

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The majority of people infected with coronavirus COVID-19 have a link to the Hubei-province in central China, but new cases are being reported from other areas in China and other countries. The situation is evolving and travel advice will be updated as new information becomes available.

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The majority of people infected with coronavirus COVID-19 have a link to the Hubei-province in central China, but new cases are being reported from other areas in China and other countries. The situation is evolving and travel advice will be updated as new information becomes available.


Avoid travel to Hubei province and unnecessary travel to mainland China 

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health advises against travel to the Hubei province (including Wuhan city) due to widespread transmission in this province. This advice is intended to reduce the risk of people living in Norway being infected by coronavirus, or bringing it to Norway.

Furthermore The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advices against unnecessary travel to mainland China due to the effect of the virus outbreak on society in China in general. The situatuion is being continually assessed.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues travel advice based on an overall assessment of the situation of travellers in the country due to the virus outbreak. Travellers should stay updated about the Ministry's travel information and daily news because the situation may change rapidly.

The European Disease Control Agency (ECDC) considers the risk for travellers to the other provinces in China to be moderate.  The risk may change as the number of cases increases and we learn more about the virus.

Advice before travel

Travellers belonging to risk groups should be vaccinated against seasonal influenza within 14 days of departure, as there is currently an outbreak of seasonal influenza in China.

There are no medicines or vaccines for the new coronavirus. Several countries and airports have introduced control measures to prevent infection, and travellers should be prepared to answer questions about their health when travelling from China and other affected areas, and have their temperature checked for fever.

Advice during travel

  • Avoid contact with sick people, especially those with symptoms of respiratory illness.
  • Avoid contact with live or dead animals (including birds) and markets that sell animals and fresh produce.
  • Ensure good food hygiene and that meat products and eggs are adequately cooked or fried.
  • As with all infections, thorough hand washing with soap and water is an important preventative measure. Alcohol-based hand disinfection may be an option if hand-washing facilities are unavailable.

Seek medical attention for symptoms of pneumonia (fever, cough and breathing difficulties). Avoid coughing on others, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid travelling if you are ill.

Advice after travel

If you have returned from an area with ongoing transmission in the last 14 days  and have symptoms of respiratory tract infection (fever, cough, chest pain or breathing difficulties), you should stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people. Contact your doctor or out-of-hours emergency department (116 117) by telephone and explain where and when you have been travelling.

Advice for long-term stays in China

Students and others who are staying in China over a longer period should follow the advice of local health authorities. 

The risk of infection is reduced by hand washing and avoiding contact with sick people. Avoid visits to meat and fish markets, and avoid contact with live or dead animals. Ensure good food hygiene and that meat products and eggs are adequately cooked or fried. Seek medical attention for symptoms of pneumonia (fever, cough and breathing difficulties). Avoid coughing on others, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid travelling if you are ill.

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