The Government have urged Bermuda residents not to travel to mainland China at this time due to the coronavirus, adding that residents returning from mainland China “may be subject to movement restriction and health monitoring for up to 14 days.”
A Government spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Health can advise that Bermuda has issued the following travel advice and restrictions today:
“Direct flights from China: The Government of Bermuda has put a restriction on direct flights from China. Given current commercial routes, this affects only private/corporate aircrafts.
“Residents of Bermuda: Travel to mainland China should be avoided at this time due to the risk of the novel coronavirus. Residents returning from mainland China will undergo a travel risk assessment and may be subject to movement restriction and health monitoring for up to 14 days.
“Visitors to Bermuda: If you have spent any time in mainland China in the past 14 days, travel to Bermuda is discouraged. Arriving visitors will undergo a travel risk assessment by a Health Officer. Depending on risk assessment, they may have their health monitored and movement on island restricted for up to 14 days.
“The Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit and Health Officers assisting in the prevention and control activities for novel coronavirus are utilizing the guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control for conducting risk assessments on travelers: Risk Assessment and Public Health Management for Potential 2019-nCoV Exposure in Travel-associated or Community Settings, here. All local health updates can be found here.”
Multiple airlines have cancelled flights to China, including those that also travel to Bermuda, with both British Airways and Air Canada announcing they cancelled flights to and from Beijing and Shanghai until 29 February, while Delta said they will suspend flying to China flying through April 30, and American Airlines said they are suspending flights to the Chinese mainland until March 27.