Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Mongolia bans transport to two provinces and Ulaanbaatar until 0600 April 25 due to COVID-19. International restrictions in effect.

This alert affects Mongolia

This alert began 22 Apr 2020 07:35 GMT and is scheduled to expire 30 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: International travel restrictions, internalized movement controls, transport and business disruptions

Summary
Mongolian officials have halted transport to Ulaanbataar and Selenge and Darkhan-Uul provinces through 0600 April 25 to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). No traffic from other parts of Mongolia can enter the provinces. Officials will erect roadblocks on main thoroughfares. Officials have also halted passenger rail transport during the same period. However, other inter-provincial traffic is unaffected. Officials have canceled public events nationwide. Businesses, except for grocery stores and restaurants, are to remain closed in Ulaanbaatar. Residents of Ulaanbaatar are required to register with local authorities before leaving the city. Schools will remain closed nationwide through at least April 30.

The Altanbulag and Tsagaannuur border crossings with Russia remain temporarily closed. The country has recommenced coal exports to China through the Gashuun Sukhait and Zamyn-Uud border crossings; however, coal exports through other border crossings remain suspended. Supply chain disruptions for goods coming from and going to China will continue for the duration of the restrictions.

Authorities are planning to charter flights to evacuate Mongolian citizens from affected countries. Mongolian officials may similarly allow other countries to schedule evacuation flights from Mongolia.

Travel Restrictions

An effective ban on foreign nationals remains in place. Officials have suspended international flights and train services through at least April 30, and foreign nationals cannot utilize ports of entry on the Russian border. Officials are placing arriving Mongolian citizens who have recently traveled in China, Japan, South Korea, Italy, or Iran under a 14-day quarantine at their own expense. Mongolian nationals are barred from traveling to Russia through at least April 30, while a travel ban for residents to China remains in effect.

Advice
Postpone travel to Mongolia if affected by travel restrictions. Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. 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.

Resources
Chinggis Khaan International Airport: en.airport.gov.mn