Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Officials to reopen Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport (JIB) in Djibouti for commercial flights from July 17.
- Alert Begins: 10 Jul 2020 03:05 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 20 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: Restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Business and travel disruptions, increased security
Authorities in Djibouti have announced the reopening of the primary air entry point, Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport (JIB), for incoming and outgoing passenger traffic from July 17. Passengers entering Djibouti will be tested upon arrival for COVID-19. Authorities have not indicated what measures will be taken for travelers who test positive. The new order is part of the government's easing measures, including:
- Retail, grocery stores, and places of worship have reopened.
- Domestic public transport operations have resumed, albeit with limitations in place on the number of passengers on buses and other forms of public transport.
- Reopening of hotels, restaurants, and leisure and amusement sites.
- Reopening of conference rooms, event halls, and cinemas from Sept. 1
- Schools to resume from Sept. 2
Despite the easing of these measures, other nationwide restrictions remain in place. These include:
- All land and sea borders remain closed until Sept. 1. Cargo and humanitarian services will be allowed to continue.
- Nonessential businesses remain closed.
- The wearing of protective face masks in public is mandatory.
Security personnel remains deployed to enforce restrictions. Officials may implement additional travel restrictions or health security measures with little notice.
Background and Analysis
The COVID-19 measures adopted by the government correspond with similar actions taken by other governments. 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.
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.
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.