Authorities will tighten restrictions intended to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from Oct. 19 due to increasing numbers of confirmed cases. The specific measures include:
- The Baku metro system will be suspended from 0000 Oct. 19 until 0600 Nov. 2.
- All educational facilities will close Oct. 19-Nov. 2.
- 70 percent of public sector workers will be sent home; authorities advise private sector organizations to introduce a similar measure.
- Authorities advise people over the age of 65 to leave home only when essential.
Azerbaijan has already extended its special quarantine regime until at least Nov. 2. Under the directive, land borders remain closed, and most passenger flights have been suspended. Some limited flights are operating with select destinations for citizens, Azerbaijan residents, their immediate families, and individuals with work or study permits. All travelers entering or leaving Azerbaijan are required to present proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 within the previous 48 hours and may be required to quarantine for 14 days at government-operated facilities. The border restrictions do not apply to freight traffic. Public transport in Baky, Sumgayit, and Absheron remains suspended on weekends, and some nonessential businesses, including cinemas and gyms, remain closed until Nov. 2.
Many nonessential businesses across the country have been permitted to reopen. Protective face coverings are mandatory in enclosed or crowded public spaces; public gatherings of more than five people are prohibited nationwide.
Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
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.
Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.