Severity: Warning Alert

Exit/Entry: Azerbaijan eases coronavirus-related movement restrictions Sept. 8. Nationwide special quarantine regime remains in force until Sept. 30.

Alert Begins 07 Sep 2020 11:14 PM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and transport disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Azerbaijan have passed regulations easing certain restrictions that had been imposed in order to stem the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19); the move follows a recent drop in disease activity. Effective 0001 Sept. 8, the existing prohibition on travel into and out of the cities of Baku and Sumgayit, as well as the Absheron district is lifted. However, the new measure only permits residents to enter or leave these areas by privately-owned or other individually-operated vehicles; while taxis will be allowed to transport passengers, travel into and out of Baku, Sumgayit, and Absheron District via other modes of intercity and interregional mass transit, such as buses, remains banned indefinitely. Police are reportedly removing the checkpoints that were being used to enforce the restriction.

Nationwide, Azerbaijan's special quarantine regime will remain in force until at least Sept. 30. Under the directive, land borders remain closed, with most passenger flights being suspended. Some limited flights are operating with select destinations for citizens and residents of Azerbaijan and their immediate families, as well as individuals with work or study permits. All travelers entering or leaving Azerbaijan are required to present proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 test within the previous 48 hours and may be required to quarantine for 14 days at government-operated facilities. The border restrictions do not apply to freight traffic.

Public transport in some major cities remains suspended on weekends, and some nonessential businesses remain closed until Sept. 30. As of Sept. 8, restaurants and other public catering establishments across the country are permitted to remain open until 2359 daily. Protective face coverings are mandatory in enclosed or crowded public spaces; public gatherings of more than five people are prohibited nationwide. Museums and exhibition halls have been allowed to reopen.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Advice
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 may 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. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

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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