Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Authorities in Gabon maintain COVID-19-related air travel measures as of Sept. 24. State of Health Emergency measures remain in place.

Alert Begins 24 Sep 2020 11:12 AM UTC
Alert Expires 15 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinitely
  • Impact: Movement and travel disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Gabon have maintained several measures and restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of Sept. 24. A state of emergency remains in place until further notice.

International Travel
Land and sea borders remain closed to international travel. Cases of repatriation, the transport of food, oil, gas, and freight services may continue. Limited international flight services have resumed. However, travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 14 days prior to arrival in Gabon. Travelers also face a 15-day quarantine at a government or approved facility. Travelers from certain countries may be refused entry as a response to international restrictions placed on Gabon nationals.

Domestic Measures
A nightly 2000-0500 curfew remains in effect. The wearing of facemasks and other hygiene protocols must be adhered to. Places of worship and bars remain closed; sporting events and other large gatherings remain suspended. Authorities have been easing restrictions in recent months. Public transportation has resumed nationwide, though some limits on passenger numbers remain in place. Hotels and restaurants with an outdoor terrace have also been allowed to reopen. Some academic activities have resumed.

Additional restrictions are possible in the coming weeks, particularly if cases of COVID-19 rise.

Background and Analysis
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.

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.

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.


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