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
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
For specific information on entry procedures, you should check
with the Embassy of the People's Republic of China.
Canadians who intend to visit Hong Kong 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.
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
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
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 (www.sante.gouv.fr)
ou en appelant le numéro vert suivant : 0800 150 160.
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vast majority of visits to Hong Kong are trouble-free. However
visitors should take sensible precautions as set out below.
The threat of terrorism in Hong Kong 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.
& Commonwealth Office London
1. April 2003
Warning is being issued to alert U.S. citizens that the
Department of State has authorized the departure, on a voluntary
basis, of non-emergency employees and all family members at the
U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong as a precautionary measure
due to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) situation.
The Consulate General remains open to provide the full range of
services to American citizens and the general public.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends
U.S. Citizens defer elective or 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 http://www.cdc.gov and the website of
the World Health Organization at http://www.who.int. for the
latest information on SARS.
The U.S. Consulate General is located at 26 Garden Road,
Central, Hong Kong. The mailing address is PSC 461, Box 5, FPO
AP 96521-0006, tel. (852) 2523-9011, fax (852) 2845-4845;
of Consular Affairs of the United States of America