Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Armenia extends state of emergency until at least Aug. 12 to combat COVID-19. Transport and business disruptions likely.
- Alert Begins: 13 Jul 2020 12:42 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 12 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Significant travel and business disruptions
Authorities in Armenia have extended the state of emergency introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) until at least Aug. 12; the measure was due to expire July 13. During the state of emergency, authorities have the ability to impose quarantine regimes on specific areas dependent upon disease activity.
Officials have eased restrictions since early May. Most businesses are operating, as well as shopping centers, cultural sites, gyms, and educational facilities. Public transport services have resumed and individuals are able to travel within Armenia without restrictions. Officials have made facemasks mandatory in public spaces, including on public transport. All public gatherings are prohibited.
Foreign nationals remain prohibited from entering Armenia from countries the government has deemed as high risk for transmitting COVID-19. Currently, the list includes Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, the US, all EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. The temporary travel ban excludes Armenian citizens, residents and their families, and freight transport. Any arrivals must undergo a 14-day quarantine.
All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.
Background and Analysis
The measures taken by the Armenian government are similar to actions adopted by other governments in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2-virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions.
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.