Mongolia cuts off air traffic with South Korea from Feb. 25. Travel restrictions with China remain in place. Schools closed through March.

Severity: Critical Alert

This alert began 24 Feb 2020 22:31 GMT and is scheduled to expire 03 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: At least through March 2
  • Impact: Cross-border travel restrictions; possible transport, business disruptions

Summary
Mongolian officials have canceled all flights between Mongolia and South Korea from Feb. 25. The restrictions will remain in place until at least March 2, but are likely to be extended. The move is the latest measure to contain the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Additional restrictions remain in place. As of Feb. 25, these measures include:

  • All ports of entry, including air, land, and rail, closed to arrivals of foreign nationals, including Chinese nationals, from China through at least March 2. Foreigners wishing to depart the country may only do so via Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN), serving Ulaanbaatar, and the Zamyn-Uud railway border checkpoint.
  • Mongolian nationals are banned from traveling to China through at least March 2. Mongolian nationals in China are only be allowed to return via ULN and the Zamyn-Uud railway border checkpoint.
  • Schools will remain closed nationwide through at least March 30.


From late January, officials closed border crossings with China to vehicles and pedestrians. Public gatherings have been canceled. As of Feb. 25, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mongolia.

The measures are likely to result in significant disruptions at ULN and the Zamyn-Uud railway border checkpoint. Increased demand for flights and increasing processing times at these areas is likely through at least March 2.

Authorities may announce further restrictions in the coming weeks in response to the outbreak. Additional measures, including air transport disruptions and restrictions on travel within Mongolia, are possible. Travelers from other countries with significant numbers of cases may be effectively banned from entering Mongolia. The likelihood of additional domestic measures will increase should cases be confirmed in the country.

Advice
Follow all official instructions and closely monitor official announcements on any additional restrictions. Remain polite and nonconfrontational if questioned by security personnel. Avoid crowded areas as a precaution. Reconfirm all public transport schedules. Prepare for disruptions at ULN and Zamyn-Uud.

Emphasize 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.

Resources
Chinggis Khaan International Airport: en.airport.gov.mn

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