Precautions on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Mar. 19, 2020

Posted by Expeditors on Mar 19, 2020 2:53:08 PM

The U.S. State Department has issued a statement warning Americans not to travel abroad and to return to the United States if overseas. The Houston Port Authority has announced a temporary shutdown at two locations due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19. In addition, both India and Lebanon have banned certain flights in and out of each country. 

Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
The State Department has issued a Level 4 travel advisory for all international travel. U.S. citizens who live in the U.S. and are currently abroad are asked to return to the U.S. immediately. All U.S. citizens who live abroad are being advised to avoid all international travel.

Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
The Houston Port Authority announced the temporary shutdown of operations at Bayport and Barbours Cut container terminals. An individual who tested positive for COVID-19 had worked at both terminals. Operations are temporarily suspended while a thorough investigation is conducted. The Authority’s other public facilities are open and operating.

On March 19, 2020, the Government of India announced that no scheduled international commercial passenger flight shall be allowed to land in India for one week, beginning March 22, 2020.

The Lebanese Government announced that most commercial and private flights to and from Lebanon are suspended from March 18 to March 31, 2020. Cargo flights are exempted from this restriction.

The overall situation remains very fluid. Contact your local Expeditors representative for more information and operational assistance.

Topics: U.S., India, Coronavirus, Lebanon