Kazakhstan authorities introduce quarantine measures from Feb. 20 for foreign nationals to prevent spread of COVID-19.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 24 Feb 2020 16:22 GMT and is scheduled to expire 16 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Preventative restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Date: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions; possible quarantine

Summary
From Feb. 20, Kazakhstan has introduced prevention efforts to inhibit the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) into the country. Passengers arriving into the country from China will be isolated in hospitals for 14 days and remotely monitored at their place of stay for another 10 days. Passengers arriving from countries where more than 10 cases of COVID-19 have been detected, such as Singapore, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, will be subjected to a 14-day home quarantine and be visited daily at their place of stay by a specialist. After that period, they will be remotely monitored for an additional 10 days. Passengers arriving from countries with less than ten cases of COVID-19 will be subjected to 24 days of remote monitoring at their place of stay.

Additional extensions are possible in the short and medium term. The duration of the measures will likely depend on the course of the outbreak in China and other countries.

Advice
Postpone travel to Kazakhstan if affected by the measures. Follow all official instructions, and allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

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.

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