Albania closes schools nationwide for two weeks from March 9, and suspends flights to Northern Italy until April 3.

Severity: Informational Alert

This alert began 09 Mar 2020 19:57 GMT and is scheduled to expire 31 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Entry restrictions, health screenings, increased immigration wait times likely

Summary
Albanian authorities announced a nationwide closure of schools for two weeks starting March 9, and suspended flights to northern Italy and all heavily affected areas that the Italian government identified, until April 3. Flights to and from the following airports will be affected:

  • Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)
  • Milan Bergamo Airport (BGY)
  • Bologna Airport (BLQ)
  • Florence Airport (FLR)
  • Genoa Airport (GOA)
  • Perugia Airport (PEG)
  • Pisa Airport (PSA)
  • Rimini Airport (RMI)
  • Venice Airport (VCE)
  • Verona Airport (VRN)


Travelers arriving from Italy are advised to self-quarantine at home for 14 days. Further measures and travel restrictions are likely in the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
The WHO has declared the ongoing outbreak of the virus to be a global health emergency. COVID-19 originated in China's Wuhan City in Hubei Province and has since spread to several countries across the globe.

As of March 9, there are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albania. The two individuals infected with the disease had traveled to Italy. COVID-19 has affected Italy the worst in the region, with 7,375 people infected and 366 people confirmed dead.

Advice
Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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