Over the last few days the spread of the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV) has been getting a lot of news coverage and WHO has issued multiple warnings. It’s not surprising, therefore, that ICANN has joined many other companies in banning travel to China by its staff.
The health and safety of ICANN’s global community is a top priority and ICANN org is closely monitoring the situation. Out of an abundance of caution, the org has implemented a unilateral travel ban on all flights to and from China (inclusive of Hong Kong and Macau) that applies to all org staff. This travel ban includes connecting flights. Because of the global nature of this emergency, the health of ICANN funded-travelers is also at risk, and we intend to work with the community leadership to ensure their safety as well. We also recommend that non-essential travel worldwide, particularly to and from those countries that are affected by the virus, be reconsidered in light of this outbreak.
Multiple airlines have suspended flights to and from China in recent days, with some imposing a ban on flights until March.
The US government announced that from tomorrow they will be imposing tight restrictions on travel from China including imposing quarantine.