Brown, Portman Urge Ohioans to Avoid International Travel During Coronavirus Pandemic

State Department Urges Americans Abroad to Arrange for Immediate Return to U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) released a joint statement encouraging Ohioans to avoid international travel during the coronavirus pandemic. According to the State Department, many countries are implementing travel restrictions, mandatory quarantines and closing their borders in light of health concerns. Airlines are also suspending operations or cancelling trips. The State Department urged U.S. citizens in countries where commercial travel is still available to return to the United States as soon as possible.  

“The health and well-being of Ohioans is our first priority and it’s important that we’re taking every precaution to keep our constituents safe. We encourage Ohioans to avoid international travel and for any Ohioans abroad to return to the United States, if possible. Our offices stand ready to offer assistance as we continue working together to help Ohioans during this difficult time,” the Senators said in a joint statement.  

Ohioans can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website for more information on coronavirus and visit to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.