Severity: Warning Alert
Exit/Entry: Armenia downgrades country's state of emergency Sept. 11, extends some coronavirus disease-related restrictions until Jan. 11, 2021.
Alert Begins 11 Sep 2020 06:01 PM UTC
Alert Expires 02 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Significant travel and business disruptions
Following a nationwide decrease in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection rates, authorities in Armenia have downgraded the country's alert level from "State of Emergency" to "Quarantine Regime" Sept. 11. The country's downgraded pandemic level does not bring any easing or tightening of restrictions.
Additionally, officials have extended some COVID-19 restrictions until Jan. 11, 2021. Land borders remain closed to foreigners except for freight transport, diplomats and their families, as well as those attending a funeral of a close relative. Private gatherings, including political demonstrations, of up to 40 individuals are allowed.
Authorities in Armenia previously lifted the ban on air travel for nonresidents. Out-of-country arriving travelers are still required to self-isolate for 14 days; however, individuals may take a COVID-19 test after arriving in Armenia and end self-isolation early, if the results come back negative.
Previous measures allowed most businesses to resume operations provided strict hygiene and social-distancing requirements are implemented. Most educational facilities remain closed. Protective face coverings are mandatory in public spaces, including on public transport. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they could prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.