The CDC currently recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Europe, including United Kingdom and Ireland, China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy. The State Department has also issued an advisory urging Americans not to travel overseas and to return to the United States if they can. The CDC has recommend those at higher risk such as older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes refrain from all unnecessary travel.
Travelers returning from countries with widespread transmission are asked to follow CDC guidance and stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left the area. If you are overseas and in need of emergency assistance, click here to contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
If you are concerned about a loved one overseas, please call the State Department at:
- From the U.S. & Canada - 1-888-407-4747
- From Overseas - +1 202-501-4444
Please check the State Department website for the latest requirements and contact your air carrier for options to cancel and/or reschedule your flights. Each carrier is different, so please check based on your own plans. My staff is aware that many Americans have been experiencing difficulty working with the State Department to safely evacuate foreign countries and return to the U.S. I have written twice to Secretary Pompeo to express my frustration and implore the State Department to urgently improve its procedures for repatriating Americans that are stuck abroad. You can read my most recent letter below. In addition, I have initiated multiple calls to the State Department on behalf of residents who cannot return home in an effort to immediately expedite their returns.
In the meantime, if you or a loved one is abroad and not able to get the help you need returning home, please reach out to my State Office at (410) 962-4436.