CNTO Message to U.S. TravelersFriday, May 3, 2013
Regarding Bird Flu in China and the Sichuan Earthquake:
1. Since the occurrence of H7N9 bird flu in some parts of East China in March, the Chinese government has been working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) in joint efforts to put the spread of the disease under control while, at the same time, keeping all related information transparent. So far, WHO has not issued any warnings on limiting travel to and from China. The Chinese government, including the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), has not, to date, issued any travel warnings for incoming travel and tourism. The United States Department of State has also not released any travel warnings or advisories regarding travel to China.
2. On April 20, 2013, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the county of Lushan, Ya’an City, in the Sichuan Province in southwest China. Though facing a high-degree tremor, local authorities conducted timely and effective relief work. The City of Ya’an is approximately an hour-and-a-half from Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province, by car; Chengdu is a two-hour flight from Beijing. The distance from Beijing to Chengdu is comparable to the distance from New York to Chicago or San Francisco to Chicago. Because of the large distance between the cities, and due to the relief work conducted in Lushan, there is little or no influence on the most-visited tourist cities and provinces in China for American tourists. Even in Chengdu, tourist scenic spots and attractions have not been affected. Although American tourists are not encouraged to visit Ya’an City at this point, travel to other areas of China is unaffected by these recent occurrences.