Moldova indefinitely bans foreigners from countries affected by COVID-19 from taking incoming flights starting March 10.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 10 Mar 2020 17:26 GMT and is scheduled to expire 31 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Entry restrictions, health screenings, increased immigration wait times likely

Summary
Moldovan authorities announced an indefinite ban on air travel to Moldova starting March 10 for foreigners from countries affected by coronavirus disease (COVID-19). According to reports, only Moldovan citizens will be allowed on flights to Moldova from Italy, Iran, China, and South Korea. It remains unclear how the ban will be implemented. In addition, schools and kindergartens will be closed for two weeks starting March 11.

Further measures and travel restrictions are likely in the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
The WHO has declared the ongoing outbreak of the virus to be a global health emergency. COVID-19 originated in China's Wuhan City in Hubei Province and has since spread to several countries across the globe.

As of March 10, there are 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Moldova. All cases were imported from Italy. COVID-19 has affected Italy the worst in the region, with 7,375 people infected and 366 people confirmed dead.

Advice
Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions and allow additional time for processing. 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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