12. April 2003

Health Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) recommend that Canadians defer travel, until further notice, to the City of Hanoi, Vietnam; the People's Republic of China including the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Singapore; and Taiwan. This advice is due to the mounting concern about transmission of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) agent in non-hospital and community settings in these areas.

Health Canada and DFAIT also recommend alternate routing be considered, when possible, if a traveller is transiting through the People's Republic of China including Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; City of Hanoi, Vietnam; Singapore; or Taiwan.

Health Canada is aware that health authorities in these areas are making concerted efforts to contain the spread of SARS in their populations. Given the uncertainties of the current situation, Health Canada and DFAIT believe it is prudent to await the outcome of national and international control measures before undertaking travel to these destinations.

Canadians arriving from areas affected by severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) - such as Canada (Toronto), Vietnam (Hanoi), Singapore, Taiwan, and the People's Republic of China including the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region - may be subject to medical screening. Persons with symptoms of SARS must undergo further medical examinations and, if necessary, go into quarantine.

For specific information on entry procedures, you should check with the Embassy of the People's Republic of China.

Canadians who intend to visit China should be aware that some insurance companies will not pay claims that arise when travellers disregard the government's travel advice. It is the traveller's responsibility to obtain from the insurer and understand the terms of supplementary health insurance policies.
Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade



10. April 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 and the website of the World Health Organization at for the latest information on SARS.

Bureau of Consular Affairs of the United States of America



 4. April 2003

Épidémie de pneumopathie atypique :
Compte tenu de l'évolution de la situation et des inconnues qui subsistent, les voyages vers la Chine sont déconseillés par la Direction générale de la Santé (Pékin, provinces du Guandong, du Guangxi et du Shanxi, région administrative spéciale de Honk Kong).

Il est également prudent, à ce stade, de différer temporairement sauf raison impérative, les déplacements vers les destinations suivantes : Vietnam, Singapour, et Taiwan.

Des informations complémentaires peuvent être obtenues en consultant le site du ministère de la Santé ( ou en appelant le numéro vert suivant : 0800 150 160.
Ministère Français des Affaires Étrangères



 2. April 2003

The vast majority of visits to China are trouble-free. The threat from terrorism is low. 

The Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health - on the basis of information from the World Health Organisation - has strongly advised the UK public to defer travel to Hong Kong or Guangdong province in Southern China for the time being due to the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office London



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