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To be certain, things are changing quicker than any of us can post a question or write a reply.

 

Below are some links to the most reliable sources (Health/Government) of accurate and trustworthy information for news on next steps with regard to your wellness, and when travel may be approved/open again, are these are official websites. 

 

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to contact your cruise line, airline, hotel, tour guides, trip insurers, directly regarding next steps as to refunds, future travels, filing claims, claims denials etc due to these extraordinary circumstances. In other words, please do not make this your first point of contact for answers; use the board as a place to share once you have checked in to reputable news sources that adhere to strict principles of journalism and communicated with official industry representatives concerning your travel plans, then absolutely do come back to report back here with verifiable news.

 

Please stay connected to official government, health organization, and travel industry updates, as well as your preferred source for trusted world news. This isn't the place to guess or speculate, but I know we wish each other wellness, and the swiftest containment of the condition. 

 

Thank you everyone. Keep well, safe, and peaceful.

 

United States Travel Advisory

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/china-travel-advisory.html

 

Canada Travel Advisory

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/china

 

United Kingdom Foreign Office

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

 

Australia

https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/china

 

New Zealand

https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/news/novel-coronavirus-china-2019-ncov

 

World Health Organization (W.H.O.)

https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/30-01-2020-statement-on-the-second-meeting-of-the-international-health-regulations-(2005)-emergency-committee-regarding-the-outbreak-of-novel-coronavirus-(2019-ncov)

 

Centers for Disease Control (U.S.)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

Q & A with InsureMyTrip on our Cruise Critic Discussion Forum.

 

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I'm in SE Asia (Philippines)  and getting information local information. A couple of cruise ships have tried to make port calls here from China and not allowed into the ports. The national air carrier and several other regional airlines have stopped flying to Mainland China. I flew from Singapore on January 21st and already several red flags raised but very little really done. Base upon what I have seen thousands of people have traveled through the area already, many before the outbreak was known. 

 

China is building new hospital in record breaking time, 10 days from ground breaking to open for the sick. The WHO believes it will take until May for this to peak. So it will affected all travel in SE Asia, air & cruise.  I already have rebooked my flight to Los Angeles for a April Cruise. Was traveling through China, now will go direct Manila to LAX. The next month will be very telling.

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My favorite land tour operator emailed me yesterday about cancelling all of its April China tours (February and March tours had been cancelled last week).  If this land tour operator cancels business that affects a significant percentage of its revenue, I better take the situation seriously.  Aside of infection, I do not want to be stuck with no medical care in China (not being a Chinese citizen) when the system is overwhelmed with cases.
For my upcoming trip to Australia, I find myself very lucky that I had opted to fly Singapore Airlines with a stopover in SIN instead of Cathay Pacific with a stopover in HKG.  Do not want to be stuck with cancelled flights or rejected entry.

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5 hours ago, dreamercruise said:

For my upcoming trip to Australia, I find myself very lucky that I had opted to fly Singapore Airlines with a stopover in SIN instead of Cathay Pacific with a stopover in HKG.  Do not want to be stuck with cancelled flights or rejected entry.

 

You would probably be fine either way.  Hong Kong currently has fewer cases of coronavirus than Singapore.

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Resources/Links to official Hong Kong Government SAR (Special Administrative Region) resources/links for the latest - 

(scroll for the bilingual - main/Home page) 

 

Immigration/Control - an official HK Gov't press conference w. transcript, latest on closing additional (most) cross-border control points with mainland China - effective as of 4 Feb. 2020 until further notice.

 

HK International Airport remains open (comment: beware of screening & being asked of recent travel history, and non-touch temperature scanning measures at all points of entry into/out of HK, as part of the security/screening)  Please check & reconfirm with your airline on flight status, changes & special requirements, etc. *****

https://www.news.gov.hk/eng/2020/02/20200203/20200203_182410_508.html

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal - contact info/direct telephone number

https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/control_point_contact_details.html 

Control points - hours of operations (typical/normal, subject to change w closure) - including Kai Tak CT & HK Int'l Airport (it is generally 24/7/365) 

https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/contactus/control_points.html 

 

Telephone area code/country code to reach all 8 digits "local" telephone numbers in HK is 852 (plus any necessary prefix digits, depending on where you are calling from - to HK) 

 

***** Footnote/comments - The above referenced "further" border control points closure & restrictions are directed mainly at mainland China crossing, effective at midnight as of 4 Feb. 2020.  Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, without specific clarification, remains open & operational - cruise ships are scheduled to dock later this week and later this month, etc.  The World Dream cruise ship part of the Gentling, home port in HK is operating its short cruises as scheduled on 5 Feb. 2020 and onward, etc. as it is aimed mainly at local/regional passengers, with changes, etc. - details/link is here, for reference only.  https://www.dreamcruiseline.com/en-us/

 

SCMP is one of HK's 2 English language daily newspaper with online editions - link is here - with the latest announcements & other news of interest, please feel free to read it for contents and discussion.  

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3048738/coronavirus-hong-kong-leader-carrie-lam-declares

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6 hours ago, mking8288 said:

SCMP is one of HK's 2 English language daily

 

SCMP >>>> South China Morning Post, in case anyone wasn't familiar with the acronym. My sister works for NASA and when she starts speaking in letters (I know a few of them!) I usually have to remind her I don't speak NASA. Especially when other NASA people are in the room 😉 I tend to the do the same thing when it comes to finance which I far less exciting than Space. Or travel.

 

Thanks for the points of reference @mking8288. 

 

We recommend the Cruise News board for conversations stemming from news of the day. Also helpful may be Cruise Travel/Insurance for anyone who may have questions related to their policies. We want you to be able to communicate as always, but we also want everyone to be able to find information you need right now.

 

As this matter has reached global proportions, we believe the more organized we are, the better we can assist you. 

Safe travels to everyone and thank you! 🙂

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On 2/1/2020 at 5:28 PM, Lou33 said:

 

You would probably be fine either way.  Hong Kong currently has fewer cases of coronavirus than Singapore.

 

I was wrong.  It looks like several cruise lines are rejecting passengers who traveled to Hong Kong, even if they just had a connecting flight at the airport.  

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The MSC Splendida disembarked its Chinese passengers at Shanghai on 27 January and cancelled all its cruises until 14 February when it will depart from Singapore.  For now the ship is meandering around the East China Sea with only crew on board.  Thus when it arrives at Singapore to embark passengers for its 14 February cruise, more than two weeks will have elapsed rendering it relatively safe from the coronavirus. 

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Unfortunately more countries are closing their ports. The Philippines and Taiwan are the latest countries. Crystal Cruises that re-routed their ship from Hong Kong To Taiwan now have to re-route AGAIN, exactly where TBD at the time of this posting.

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Latest for Taiwan, ROC - cruise ships will be banned from docking in Taiwan due to novel coronavirus fears, said Taiwan’s health authorities on Thursday (Feb. 6).  This is affecting the Crystal Symphony - also unable to dock in Manila.  

 

A total of 1,738 passengers, including 1,709 Taiwanese aboard the SuperStar Aquarius, a cruise ship operated by Star Cruises, will be the first to be impacted by the measures, as the ship returns to the Port of Keelung on Friday (Feb. 7)

Source - https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3872403

 

The official Taiwan Gov website has no announcement yet - link is here:

https://www.taiwan.gov.tw/index.php

 

In a related earlier announcement ... already in the news.  Taiwan is also banning all foreigners that've visited China, Hong Kong or Macau from entering/visiting Taiwan, as part of the special border control measures until further notice -

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3872324

 

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CLIA is stating for cruise ships to NOT embark passengers who travel through the Hong Kong or Macao airport. 

CLIA Members are to deny boarding to all persons who have traveled from, visited or transited via airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days before embarkation. 

https://cruising.org/news-and-research/press-room/2020/february/clia-statement-on-2019-novel-coronavirus-outbreak

 

 

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On 2/6/2020 at 5:29 PM, mamaclark said:

There is a paywall with this article unless you are a subscriber. 

 

Everyone can read five free New York Times articles per month. If one has not yet reached their limit of five free, you should be able to click on to the article and read it without being a subscriber. 

 

If you're at the limit and blocked by the paywall,  your library card will usually grant access the library's subscription, if not online, certainly at their local branch. Some libraries (schools and public) may not subscribe to every papers, but many do!! 

 

Hope this helps.

 

 

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