Information for Travelers on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Beginning on February 3, 2020, new guidance has been implemented from the CDC for managing and assessing people coming to the U.S. from China or who had close contact to someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Under this new guidance, only U.S. citizens, legal residents, and their immediate families are able to come to the U.S. from China.
- This new guidance does not apply to people who were in China before February 3 and are already in the U.S.
- If you came to Minnesota from China since implementation of this guidance and have questions, contact MDH at 651-201-5414.
Additional information can be found on CDC’s Novel Coronavirus Information for Travelers.
People who recently traveled to China
- Depending on your health and travel history, you may have some restrictions on your movement for a period of 14 days from the time you left China. Find more information on CDC’s Travelers from China Arriving in the United States website.
- If you have any questions, or have not spoken to public health officials after arriving in Minnesota, please contact MDH at 651-201-5414.
People who recently traveled to other countries with confirmed COVID-19 cases
- Travelers from countries other than China do not have any special restrictions or need to seek health care unless they are a contact of a person diagnosed with COVID-19.
People in contact with individuals who recently traveled to China
- Depending on their health and travel history, people who recently traveled to China may have some restrictions on their movement for a period of 14 days from the time they left China. Find more information on CDC’s Travelers from China Arriving in the United States website.
- Avoid assumptions about who you think may be sick.
- At this point, CDC does not recommend the use of facemasks as a preventive measure for the general public.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough.
People planning to travel to China
- Review travel recommendations posted on CDC's Travel Health Notices if you are planning to travel to China, and keep an eye on the news for updates on this evolving situation.
People crossing land borders to enter the U.S.
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection are able to call CDC at any time if a traveler looks ill when crossing a land border into the U.S. This procedure has been in place for a long time and will continue for COVID-19.