Kazakhstan to limit flights with South Korea, suspend flights with Iran starting March 1. Confirm travel arrangements.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 26 Feb 2020 20:38 GMT and is scheduled to expire 02 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Flight restrictions
  • Location(s): Kazakhstan, South Korea, Iran (map)
  • Start Time/Date: March 1
  • Impact: Travel disruptions; increased security

Summary
Authorities in Kazakhstan have announced that they will begin restricting the number of flights between the Central Asian nation and South Korea, and completely suspend flights with Iran starting on March 1. The purpose for the action is to help prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It remains unclear how many flights the Kazakh government will allow to serve South Korea after the measure goes into force and which airlines will be operating them.

Kazakh civil aviation officials have as yet given no estimate as to how long the restrictions will remain in effect; however, authorities are urging Kazakh nationals in South Korea and Iran to return home before March 1.

Advice
Contact airlines to confirm or rebook travel arrangements, as the case may be. Consider flights operating on alternate routes. Do not check out of accommodations until onward travel is confirmed.

 

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