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*Coronavirus : BA Suspends all flts to mainland China* +discussion on long haul flts

Old Jan 26, 2020, 6:00 am
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BA have cancelled all flights to PKX (Beijing/Peking) and PVG (Shanghai Pu Dong) "until 19 April 2020".

BA frequency to HKG has been reduced with effect from 13 February 2020 - see below for further details. From HKG, Cathay is running a heavily reduced schedule to mainland destinations until the end of March.

If you are due to fly to PKX, PVG and your flight is cancelled then you have refund, re-route and rebook options. BA can rebook on to several other airlines.
If you are due to fly to Hong Kong until 1st April you have refund and rebook options.
If you are transiting into mainland China you are also covered as above.
If you are transiting internationally (e.g. LHR-HKG-SYD) you are not able to move your flights, unless they are cancelled anyway.
The latest ba.com update was on 21 February 2020 at 1510.

More information on the advice of Her Majesty's Government about travel and health is on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

For the Special Administration Regions of Hong Kong and Macao:
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/hong-kong
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/macao

Summary from IATA of all travel restrictions due to Coronavirus as added to TIMATIC https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/int...1580226297.htm


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HKG frequency reductions (as of 1330 on 21 February 2020, all dates inclusive).

LHR-HKG

From Thu 13.02.2020 to Mon 01.06.2020: BA31 cancelled. BA27 operates (380).

Exceptions:-
  • Tue 18.02.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (777).
  • Tue 10.03.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (777).
  • Mon 27.04.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Tue 28.04.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Wed 29.04.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Thu 30.04.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Mon 11.05.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Tue 12.05.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Mon 18.05.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Tue 19.05.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Sun 24.05.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Mon 25.05.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Tue 26.05.2020: BA27 cancelled. BA31 operates (380).
  • Mon 01.06.2020: BA31 cancelled. BA27 operates (777).
In addition, on Mon 08.06.2020: BA31 cancelled. BA27 operates (777).

HKG-LHR

From Fri 14.02.2020 to Tue 02.06.2020: BA32 cancelled. BA28 operates (380).

Exceptions:-
  • Wed 19.02.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (777).
  • Wed 11.03.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (777).
  • Sun 29.03.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Tue 28.04.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Wed 29.04.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Thu 30.04.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Fri 01.05.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Tue 12.05.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Wed 13.05.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Tue 19.05.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Wed 20.05.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Mon 25.05.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Tue 26.05.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Wed 27.05.2020: BA28 cancelled. BA32 operates (380).
  • Tue 02.06.2020: BA32 cancelled. BA28 operates (777).
In addition, on Tue 09.06.2020: BA32 cancelled. BA28 operates (777).

Note: Schedule changes take effect on Sun 29.03.2020 in both directions.

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*Coronavirus : BA Suspends all flts to mainland China* +discussion on long haul flts

Old Jan 27, 2020, 4:41 am
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Originally Posted by moondog
In the SARs case (most valid precedent), air fares and hotel rates dropped through the floor once people started booking away (change fees waived then too) in droves.
Yeah but this is regarding getting out of HK so for me the flights have indeed tripled...
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Old Jan 27, 2020, 4:46 am
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I have just got off the phone to Amex Plat insurance, their current policy is only changing flights if they go through Hubei province.
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Old Jan 27, 2020, 5:36 am
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Ok so my trade show cancelled this morning, apparently things over there are worse than is being reported. "Every house is under isolation and cannot go out, even in Chinese New Year", thats being reported directly to me from a friend in Shanghai.

Anyhow, I have cancelled my flights as the trade show is not going ahead, full refund from BA without any issues.

IHG cancelled a non-refundable hotel booking as well, they had to call the hotel to do it but they did, again at no charge.
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Old Jan 27, 2020, 6:05 am
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I live in Shanghai and while it's been rumoured that will restrictions will be out in place if/when the situation gets out of control here, I've yet to hear or read confirmed reports of people being prevented from leaving their own houses.
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Old Jan 27, 2020, 6:15 am
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Originally Posted by Modo
We are in Macau currently.Some public transport use now requires you to wear a face mask. Somebody in HK may wish to update situation there.

Not easy when all shops are sold out!!!

Posted as a Public Service Announcement. LOL
Not mandatory to wear a face mask in public in HK yet but I'd say 80% of people on the street do wear a mask. It's almost impossible to buy a mask now so better bring them along with you.

HK Gov also forbids Hubei residents, or anyone who has visited Hubei province in the past 14 days from entering HK. Because of this, e-channel to enter HK is now only for HK resident. Visitors will need to use the regular immigration desk.
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Old Jan 27, 2020, 6:17 am
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Every house is under isolation and cannot go out, even in Chinese New Year

Well I'm still here in Shanghai and not entirely convinced by that statement. We have just returned from a walk along the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Area , a lovely meal on Fuzhou Street and a final wander along the Bund after dark. The shops are on the whole open though not doing a roaring trade and there are a fair number of people about including locals shopping, travelling on the Metro and eating out. Got a temperature check boarding a ferry across the Huangpo River and the ferry folk stopped a Chinese person from boarding until they donned a mask..no doubt it'll be the same at the airport tomorrow.

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Old Jan 27, 2020, 6:23 am
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Ok I stand corrected, he does have a young child though so maybe that is skewing what he has been told? Just passing along a message

I was gutted to have to cancel as I love Shanghai...plus I needed the tier points lol
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Old Jan 27, 2020, 6:48 am
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I’m travelling to Perth via Hong Kong on 20th February. I just rang BA to see if we could reroute and they said no. The policy doesn’t cover passengers transiting. They said if this changes they will email me.
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Old Jan 27, 2020, 7:14 am
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Originally Posted by cfyed
Not mandatory to wear a face mask in public in HK yet but I'd say 80% of people on the street do wear a mask. It's almost impossible to buy a mask now so better bring them along with you.

HK Gov also forbids Hubei residents, or anyone who has visited Hubei province in the past 14 days from entering HK. Because of this, e-channel to enter HK is now only for HK resident. Visitors will need to use the regular immigration desk.
Useful Heads Up - even with auto eChannel entry add 30 miutes + to pass through immigration - as we will do from HZMB to HKG late evening Thursday. That said the HZMB Golden Buses have been completely empty even over CNY - so so different from last year.
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Old Jan 27, 2020, 7:19 am
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Old Jan 27, 2020, 8:35 am
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Originally Posted by Modo
Thanks I suggest people please follow this advice.
We can get masks via Family as workers can get them mandatorily at pharmacys. But retail they are simply not easily available either in Manila yesterday or Macau today.
They are already selling like hotcakes. We are not due to travel for a few weeks to the Caribbean but transiting Gatwick with my mother whose disposition wouldnt stand up to a normal flu never mind pneumonia so have purchased some pre-emptively. Interestingly where we are (central Manchester) we live in a tower block with a lot of Chinese students and over the past few days they have taken to wearing them round the area. Yikes.
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Old Jan 27, 2020, 9:28 am
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Originally Posted by Malli1
They are already selling like hotcakes. We are not due to travel for a few weeks to the Caribbean but transiting Gatwick with my mother whose disposition wouldnt stand up to a normal flu never mind pneumonia so have purchased some pre-emptively. Interestingly where we are (central Manchester) we live in a tower block with a lot of Chinese students and over the past few days they have taken to wearing them round the area. Yikes.
That's cos Mainland and HK Chinese have been snapping them up

Bangkok's out - we've just been there. Both me and wife's family can't find any.

SIL says her shopping centre in Sydney also out.

Someone I'm in a chat group with showed a pic with a Prague pharmacy (Lekarna ipc) "Surgical face masks are sold out."

HKG Mannings pharmacy HK$18 per mask (2 masks per pax max), Watsons $20 per mask

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Old Jan 27, 2020, 9:52 am
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Go to a DIY shop, if you can't find them at pharmacies. Some offer better protection than many of the masks sold at pharmacies.
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Old Jan 27, 2020, 11:38 am
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Originally Posted by percysmith
That's cos Mainland and HK Chinese have been snapping them up

Bangkok's out - we've just been there. Both me and wife's family can't find any.

SIL says her shopping centre in Sydney also out.

Someone I'm in a chat group with showed a pic with a Prague pharmacy (Lekarna ipc) "Surgical face masks are sold out."

HKG Mannings pharmacy HK$18 per mask (2 masks per pax max), Watsons $20 per mask
I am a physician and let me repeat, none of the masks are useful in preventing viral illness transmission as the virus is so small it easily penetrates all masks.

Masks stop droplets to 0.3 microns, the virus is much smaller still.

Only a completely enclosed biohazard suit is effective against Corona virus.

What can you do?

1. Avoid contact.

2. Aggressive hand washing and use of hand disinfectants/wipes on surfaces that interact with others: grocery store trollies, airplane service tables, etc.

Use your money on those things not masks.

All the best.
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Old Jan 27, 2020, 11:44 am
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave
Indeed, a bit sooner than I thought and at the generous end of the scale. Here is the advice:


If you booked via a travel agent, they are the ones to process the booking, I'd leave it a day or two until they get the above advice, which came out at 11:35 hrs today.

The rebooking validity is 355 days from ticketing, with a few complications, but essentially a year to travel.
dont hold your breath - spent an hour on Gold and CR lines to be told - wait for it the guidance only came into force on the 26th we are not dealing with 25th bookings! So I spelt out my flights where 25th and surely covered retrospective - they are adamant No! I accept I cancelled 24th before BA got off the fence on the 26th - farce!

good luck and best wishes to all affect by this. I feel so sorry for all those getting NO information/support at this most trying time

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