Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Authorities in Cameroon announce easing of domestic measures April 30. Other travel restrictions remain in place. Disruptions likely.

This alert affects Cameroon

This alert began 01 May 2020 16:11 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Cameroon (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Border closures, business disruptions; possible freight delays

Summary
Authorities in Cameroon announced on April 30 the easing of domestic measures put in place to halt the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Updated measures will allow non-essential businesses to remain open past 1800, with some limits lifted on local public transportation, although overcrowding is still prohibited. All travelers are required to wear facemasks. Tax exemptions for certain businesses have also been announced. The easing follows a reported high number of recoveries from the disease.

An indefinite closure of Cameroon's land, sea, and air borders to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) remains in place. All inbound international flights and entry visas have been suspended. The status of outbound international travel is currently unclear although repatriation flights are possible. Cargo transport will not be affected. Schools remain closed through June 1. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by the government of Cameroon are likely an attempt to improve economic conditions following a downturn caused by 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. The WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic March 11.

Advice
Reconfirm all transportation. Consider deferring non-essential travel to Cameroon for the duration of the restrictions. Follow all official directives. Abide by national health and safety measures. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.


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