Several major cities in China are implementing quarantine measures for foreign and Chinese nationals entering China.

Key Points:

  • Beijing: As of March 18, all foreign nationals arriving in Beijing must undergo 14 days of concentrated medical observation at their own expense. Flights to Beijing Capital International Airport will be rerouted through one of 12 other airports in China where they will undergo health screening. Those who do not show signs of COVID-19 will be permitted to continue on to Beijing where they will begin the 14 days of observation.
  • Shanghai: As of March 20, travelers from the following eight countries must undergo either 14-day home medical observation or concentrated medical observation: Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Malaysia, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
  • Guangdong: As of March 19, all Chinese nationals arriving from overseas and all foreign nationals who have traveled to the following list of countries in the past 14 days prior to entering Guangdong must undergo either 14-day home or collective quarantine for medical observation: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States.

Additional information: For Shanghai, the eight countries above have been added to the previous list of countries that include: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States. For Beijing, foreign nationals under 14 and over 70, pregnant or those with medical conditions can request home quarantine after strict assessment.

Analysis & Comments: Employers should anticipate significant disruptions to employee mobility and availability for affected employees. The response to COVID-19 continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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