Any foreign nationals that have visited China within 14 days are now banned from entering the United States. That means a 14 day waiting period in a country other than China prior to U.S. travel. This ban will go into effect at 5 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday.
Immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been in China, though, will be allowed to enter and monitored under quarantine.
It seems to effectively put a knife into any flights on Chinese airlines to the United States, since they’ll only be able to bring U.S. citizens home. Delta, United and American have already announced flight cancellations. However while American’s suspension of service is immediate Delta’s and United’s begins February 6. Expect flights to be cancelled prior to that.
US citizens who have been in Hubei Province, China within the last 14 days are subject to screening and 14 days of monitoring upon their return. Can quarantine orders restrict travel by Americans? People evacuated from Wuhan were held in quarantine against their will, without opportunity for judicial review.
This policy is at odds with guidance from the World Health Organization which is recommending against travel restrictions.