Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Authorities in Chad extend airport closures for international passenger flights through at least May 15 to curb the spread of COVID-19.

This alert affects Chad

This alert began 24 Apr 2020 15:30 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least May 15
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Chad have extended the suspension of international passenger flights through at least May 15 to curb the spread of COVID-19. This includes passenger flights at N'Djamena International Airport (NDJ). Cargo shipments are excluded.

Other measures remain in place, such as the indefinite 2000-0500 nightly curfew in the capital, N'Djamena, and in the Logone Occidental, Logone Oriental, Mayo-kebbi Ouest, and Mayo-kebbi Est regions. Curfews have also been in place in the Mandelia and Lougoun sub-prefectures of the Chari-Baguirmi Region, and in the N'Djamena Fara sub-prefecture of the Hadjer-Lamis region, since April 3. Land borders are closed to passenger traffic. Officials will allow freight transport to continue. Authorities could extend and impose additional curfews and restrictions based on disease activity throughout the country.

Background and Analysis
The measures adopted by the government correspond with similar actions taken by other regional governments in recent days 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. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

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. Plan for possible ground shipping and travel delays; seek alternative routes and shipping methods for time-sensitive cargo.

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.

Resources
French Embassy in Chad: https://td.ambafrance.org

World Health Organization (WHO): www.who.int