Kyrgyzstan maintains international travel restrictions as of Oct. 9 due to COVID-19; travel permitted with around 30 countries.

Critical Alert

Alert Begins 09 Oct 2020 03:39 PM UTC
Alert Expires 26 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

 

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions; heightened security

 

Summary
Authorities in Kyrgyzstan continue to restrict international travel as of Oct. 9 as part of efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities maintain a list of over 30 countries with stable COVID-19 activity whose citizens can enter Kyrgyzstan without restrictions. The list includes Russia, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Germany, the UK, Turkey, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, South Korea, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Sweden, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, China, Malaysia, Pakistan, Slovenia, Kuwait, and Japan. The availability of flights remains dependent on COVID-19 travel restrictions in the listed countries. Most nonresident foreign nationals from countries not on the list remain banned from entering Kyrgyzstan; exceptions include student visa holders, travelers seeking urgent medical attention, and travelers entering the country to attend a close relative's funeral. All passengers will be subject to a temperature check and must produce a negative COVID-19 test certificate; persons without a negative test certificate will be tested at the border.

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan have already eased a number of the measures imposed to stem the spread of COVID-19. A limited number of international flights are operating; most services are charter flights for returning Kyrgyz citizens. Kyrgyz nationals returning from countries with elevated disease activity are placed in mandatory quarantine for 14 days. Inter-regional transport services, including daily domestic flights between Bishkek and Osh, are operating, though passengers must undergo health screenings, including temperature checks, before boarding transport. Public transport is operating at reduced levels. Shopping centers, outdoor markets, catering establishments, hotels, spas, car dealerships, places of worship, and many other nonessential businesses have reopened, subject to social distancing requirements. Kindergartens that pass a Ministry of Health inspection are permitted to open.

Numerous restrictive measures remain in place. Some leisure facilities remain closed, including playgrounds, swimming pools, gyms, and public baths. Protective masks are mandatory, and social distancing must be practiced in all establishments. Authorities continue to advise against nonessential travel, and all persons leaving their accommodations must carry a contact tracing form. Police roadblocks, including health checks, may be established on intercity and regional roads to identify and contain suspected cases. Public gatherings are prohibited.

All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.

 

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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