Authorities enforce restrictions on travel for persons traveling to Madagascar from Italy, Iran, South Korea, and China, as of Feb. 29.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 29 Feb 2020 14:39 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

Summary
Authorities in Madagascar have reportedly enforced several measures, including travel restrictions, in late February to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities have reportedly banned all travelers and airline crew from Italy, Iran, and South Korea from entering the country via air and sea. The restrictions, which currently extend through March 31, also apply to persons who have visited these countries in the previous 14 days. The new restrictions follow similar measures placed on travelers from China. Malagasy citizens wishing to return to Madagascar from China are required to apply for a special exemption from the government. Similar exemptions will likely now be required for Malagasy citizens traveling from Italy, Iran, and South Korea.

Furthermore, the government has recommended that all airlines prevent persons from - or who have transited - China, South Korea, Italy, or Iran, from traveling to Madagascar. Persons arriving in Madagascar from these destinations will be placed in quarantine. The Madagascar government will likely amend its restrictions in the coming weeks.

Advice
All persons traveling to Madagascar, particularly from China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran, should reconfirm travel requirements with the relevant Malagasy diplomatic representation before travel as a precaution. 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.

Resources
Madagascar Ministry of Health: www.sante.gov.mg

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