Friday, September 18, 2020

Central Asia’s Latest COVID-19 Travel Restrictions By Country

Where do you plan to travel next, once restrictions are lifted?

Kazakhstan

Entry and borders

The Kazakh authorities have introduced severe restrictions on people entering the country. Most foreign nationals, are currently prevented from travelling to Kazakhstan. Those who do arrive are subject to 24 hours mandatory quarantine while testing for coronavirus takes place. All travellers to Kazakhstan are then subject to health monitoring and mandatory follow-up measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus.

These measures may vary according to the severity of the outbreak in the country of origin, and could include:

  • daily health monitoring by telephone call after arrival
  • health monitoring at the traveller’s place of residence
  • quarantine in a hospital for 14 days.

You should carry additional supplies of necessary medication and toiletries in carry-on luggage.

Visas

A visa is required to enter Kazakhstan. This is a recent change, due to the coronavirus outbreak. Applicants must also present a medical certificate confirming that they do not have a coronavirus infection, issued within 48 hours prior to their visit to the consular office. Failure to present such a certificate will result in cancellation of the Kazakh visa. You should contact your nearest Embassy of Kazakhstan for further information.

If you need further information about entry requirements, contact the local immigration authorities or the nearest Kazakh embassy. You should also check with your airline or travel company for the latest information.

Uzbekistan

Entry and borders

Uzbekistan has closed land and air borders to non-Uzbek nationals. It may be possible for foreign nationals to depart Uzbekistan via its land borders, but this is unlikely and depends on restrictions in place in the country of destination. All commercial flights in and out of Uzbekistan have been suspended.

Uzbekistan Airways, the nation’s flag carrier, is gradually resuming domestic operations now that the republic’s commission for mitigating Coronavirus has released the list of mandatory sanitary measures required for passengers and crew. From May 18, the central Asian country’s only scheduled passenger airline is to re-start flying from Tashkent to the three domestic destinations of Urgench, Nukus and Termez.

Kyrgyzstan

The Kyrgyzstan authorities have declared a state of emergency and introduced a number of precautionary measures, including a ban on foreign nationals entering the country and movement restrictions in major cities. 

Foreign nationals are banned from entering the country, including permanent residence holders. Foreign nationals with a close family member who is a Kyrgyz national (spouse, parent, child) will be allowed to enter with documentary proof of the relationship. Anyone entering Kyrgyzstan will be subject to 3 days mandatory quarantine in state facilities. If you do not show any symptoms you should then be allowed to quarantine at home for 14 days.

Visas

Due to the current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) the Kyrgyz government has temporarily suspended the process of issuing entry visas for the Kyrgyz republic.

The Kyrgyz government has announced that foreign citizens and stateless persons can stay in Kyrgyzstan until 1 July 2020 without a visa, even if registration has expired. If you need to extend your period of stay on the basis of obtaining a visa (work permit, family ties, or other grounds) the visa centre is willing to consider the possibility of obtaining visas without leaving the Kyrgyz republic.

If you need further information about entry requirements or visa issues, visit the MFA visa website or contact the local immigration authorities.

Mongolia

The Mongolian authorities have introduced new measures in relation to coronavirus. It is currently not possible for nationals from certain virus worst-hit countries to enter or exit Mongolia due to restrictions imposed by the Mongolian Government, including the suspension of all international flights and rail until at least 30 June, the closure to foreign nationals of all road border crossings to and from Russia, and the closure of all borders between China and Mongolia.

The Government of Mongolia has announced many precautionary measures, including:

  • Eliminating travel into and out of Mongolia.
  • Placing travelers in mandatory quarantine upon arrival from specific countries or if they exhibit symptoms identifiable with COVID-19.
  • Requesting that all travelers arriving from abroad self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Prohibiting all public gatherings, events, and meetings, such as conferences, sporting events, and concerts.
  • Prohibiting school age children from public locations such as restaurants and shopping malls.
  • Closing schools and universities.
  • Restricting the operating hours of restaurants, bars, and other public locations.
  • Closing public offices, libraries, and community centers.
  • Suspending intercity traffic and limiting access to public transportation.

Tajikistan

The government of Tajikistan has imposed temporary restrictions on the entry of all foreign nationals through all checkpoints into Tajikistan. Travellers entering are currently being confined for 14 days; this may be subject to change.

Further travel restrictions or restrictions of movement could be applied at short notice by the Tajik authorities. If you need further information about entry requirements, contact the local immigration authorities or the nearest Tajikistan embassy. You should also check with your airline or travel company for the latest information.

Land border crossings between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China and Afghanistan are closed to travellers. A small number of border points with Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan are open for cargo only.

The Tajik civil aviation authority announced the temporary suspension of all flights to and from Tajikistan from 20 March. Since 20 March all international scheduled flights to and from Tajikistan have been suspended. Very few flights have been announced, often at short notice.

Turkmenistan

All international scheduled commercial flights to and from Turkmenistan have been suspended. The Turkmen authorities have introduced new measures in relation to coronavirus. 

The Government of Turkmenistan has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. At this time, there are no scheduled international flights out of Turkmenistan, including medical evacuation flights. Any privately arranged international charter flight, including medevac flights, must use Turkmenabat Airport which is 290 miles by air and 385 miles by road from Ashgabat.  

Turkmenistan has barred admission to all travellers except Turkmenistani citizens returning home, foreign citizens departing to their home countries, and diplomats on a case-by-case basis if flights are available. All travellers should be aware that they will be required to undergo medical screening and possibly involuntary quarantine at local medical facilities. Passengers will be required to undergo medical screening and possibly involuntary quarantine at local medical facilities. 


All information are subject to change without notice at any time, you must contact the embassy or consulate of the country you’re travelling to for the latest travel restrictions and entry requirements. You should also check with your airline or travel company for the latest information.

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