U.S. Tells Non-Essential Government Workers & Their Families to Leave Shanghai


The United States State Department says non-essential personnel in Shanghai should leave the city due to the strict COVID-19 restrictions.

“Reconsider travel to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws and COVID-19-related restrictions,” the Dept. said in an alert. “Do not travel to the PRC’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), Jilin province, and Shanghai municipality due to COVID-19-related restrictions, including the risk of parents and children being separated. Reconsider travel to the PRC’s Hong Kong SAR due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws.”

“On April 11, 2022, the Department ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees and all family members from the Consulate General Shanghai consular district due to a surge in COVID-19 cases and the impact of restrictions related to the PRC’s response,” the statement said.

Shanghai’s 25 million residents are currently banned from leaving their homes during the latest COVID lockdown and food is reportedly scarce.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

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