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China Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. Department of State

Apr 10, 2003

This Travel Warning is being revised to recommend that U.S. citizens consider deferring non-essential travel to China because of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) concerns and to inform them of the Chinese government's current requirements for anyone exhibiting SARS-like symptoms. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning of April 3, 2003.

On April 3, 2003, the Department of State authorized the departure, on a voluntary basis, of non-emergency employees and all family members at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the Consulates General in Chengdu, Shanghai, Shenyang, Guangzhou and Hong Kong SAR, China as a precautionary measure due to the SARS situation. The Embassy and all Consulates General remain open to provide the full range of services to American citizens and the general public.

Any individual in China, including foreigners, who displays SARS-like symptoms will be sent to a hospital designated for SARS patients until the contagious phase has passed. The patient cannot be visited by his/her own doctor, by family members, or by U.S. consular officials. Medical evacuation by air from China currently cannot be arranged because no commercial airlines or air ambulance services are willing to transport SARS patients. Further, most countries in the region have indicated they will not admit SARS patients for treatment. All of these factors, in addition to continuing uncertainties about how SARS is spread, and concerns about obtaining suitable medical care and/or evacuating those who contract SARS, led to the Department of State decision to authorize, on a voluntary basis, the departure of official non-emergency employees and all family members from China.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends U.S. citizens consider deferring non-essential travel to areas with a large number of SARS cases, including Mainland China and Hong Kong. U.S. citizens resident or traveling in these areas should closely monitor the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov and the website of the World Health Organization http://www.who.int for the latest information on SARS.

For further information on travel to China, U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheets for China and Hong Kong and the SARS Public Announcement, at http://travel.state.gov.

Beijing: The U.S. Embassy in China is located at 2 Xiu Shui Dong Jie, Beijing 100600, telephone: (86-10) 6532-3431, 6532-3831, and after-hours: (86-10) 6532-1910; fax (86-10) 6532-4153. The U.S. Embassy web site address is http://www.usembassy-china.org.cn and the e-mail address is . The Embassy consular district includes the following provinces/regions of China: Beijing, Tianjin, Shandong, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Qinghai, Xinjiang, Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, and Jiangxi.

Chengdu: The U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu is located at Number 4, Lingshiguan Road, Section 4, Renmin Nanlu, Chengdu 610041, telephone: (86-28) 558-3992, 555-3119; fax (86-28) 558-3520; after-hours (86-0) 13708001422. This consular district includes the following provinces/regions of China: Guizhou, Sichuan Xizang (Tibet), and Yunnan, as well as the municipality of Chongqing.

Guangzhou: The U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou is located at Number 1 South Shamian Street, Shamian Island 200S1, Guangzhou 510133; telephone: (86-20) 8121-8418; after-hours: (86-)139-0229-3169; fax: (86-20) 8121-8428. This consular district includes the following provinces/regions of China: Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, and Fujian.

Shanghai: The U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai is located at 1469 Huaihai Zhonglu, Shanghai 200031 telephone: (86-21) 6433-6880, after-hours: (86-21) 6433-3936; fax: (86-21) 6471-1493, 6433-4122, 6471-1148. This consular district includes the following provinces/regions of China: Shanghai, Anhui, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang.

Shenyang: The U.S. Consulate General in Shenyang is located at No. 52, 14th Wei Road, Heping District, Shenyang 110003, telephone: (86-24) 2322-1198, 2322-0368; after-hours: (86-0) 13704019790; fax (86-24) 2322-2374. This consular district includes the following provinces/regions of China: Liaoning, Heilongjiang, and Jilin.

See http://travel.state.gov/travel_warnings.html for State Department Travel Warnings.

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