Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Uzbekistan to ease international COVID-19 entry restrictions from Oct. 1; travel and business disruptions remain.

Alert Begins 21 Sep 2020 03:30 PM UTC
Alert Expires 07 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Significant travel and business disruptions

Summary
Authorities plan to relax international coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related entry restrictions from Oct. 1. Arrivals from Austria, China, Finland, Georgia, Hungary, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, South Korea, and Thailand will be permitted to enter Uzbekistan without restriction. Arrivals who have visited any other countries in the previous 14 days must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours and self-isolate for 14 days on arrival; travelers entering the country by land from Kyrgyzstan will not be required to self-isolate. International flights have resumed, albeit at a much lower frequency. The Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan borders will reopen from Oct. 1.

Most nonessential businesses, including restaurants, hotels, and houses of worship have reopened with sanitization and social distancing protocols in place. Private gatherings of up to 30 persons are now permitted. Certain measures remain in place nationwide. All persons are required to comply with social-distancing guidelines of 2 meters (6.5 feet) and wear facemasks while in public. Medical screenings may be conducted before entering grocery stores and markets.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

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 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.


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