Chinese carriers resume limited flights to San Francisco post COVID-19 outbreak

Mar 18, 2020: Several airlines based in China have announced plans to resume limited flights to and from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) post the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The schedule, subject to change, have been shared by the airlines.

Starting March 18, China Eastern will resume one daily flight between SFO and Shanghai, arriving at 10:30 am and departing at 1pm.

Beginning March 21, Air China will resume flights between SFO and Beijing, arriving at 12:20 pm and departing at 2:50 pm. The airline is yet to announce the frequency of flights plying.

From March 29, China Southern will restart flights between SFO and Guangzhou four times per week but the flight times will vary.

Although these airlines are resuming limited service, all travel advisories, restrictions on entry, and arrival screening procedures remain in effect. For China, they include a Presidential Proclamation suspending the entry of foreign nationals who have been in mainland China at any point in the 14 days before their scheduled arrival to the United States

A Department of Homeland Security Notice of Arrival Restriction requiring American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who have been in mainland China at any point in the 14 days before their scheduled arrival to the United States to trave