Coronavirus

Advice for travellers from China from Public Health England (PHE)

This is an evolving situation and the advice may continue to change based on emerging information from China about the number of cases and spread of the infection from person to person, please keep checking the Public Health England (PHE) website for the most up to date information.

Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province

If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area

Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

Travellers from elsewhere in China

If you have travelled from elsewhere in China to the UK in the last 14 days you do not need to avoid work, school or public areas.

However, if you have travelled from elsewhere in China to the UK in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

Please follow this advice even if your symptoms are minor.

What this means in practice

Public Health England (PHE) are asking people to take simple, common-sense steps to avoid close contact with other people as much as possible, like they would with other flu viruses.

This means remaining at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan or Hubei Province (or elsewhere in China if you have symptoms) and not going to work, school or public areas.

Updates and further information

For updates and further information please check the Public Health England (PHE) website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public.

If you have a particular concern please contact North East Public Health England (PHE) Centre (Phone: 0300 303 8596 then press Option 1) for guidance in prevention of spread of infections by ensuring routine immunisation, high standards of personal hygiene and practice (particularly hand-washing), and maintaining a clean environment. PHE will provide advice and appropriate content for inclusion in letters to be sent out to parents/carers. Further guidance can be found in Communicating with Parents/Carers.