Mongolia expands entry ban, prohibits intercity travel through March 16 to prevent spread of COVID-19. Additional restrictions in effect.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 10 Mar 2020 03:35 GMT and is scheduled to expire 31 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: International travel restrictions, internalized movement controls; likely transport and business disruptions

Summary
Mongolian officials have expanded an entry ban to include foreign passengers who have traveled to Iran within 14 days of arriving in the country to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The entry ban has been in effect for foreign travelers who visited Japan, South Korea, and Italy since Feb. 28. Officials continue to prevent foreign nationals from entering the country through all ports of entry with China. Mongolian nationals are effectively banned from traveling to China, and the government will place all Mongolian citizens who have traveled in China, Japan, South Korea, Italy, and Iran under a 14-day quarantine at their own expense. Leaders have been proactive in combatting the spread of COVID-19, and officials are highly likely to extend travel restrictions to any countries that experience significant COVID-19 outbreaks.

Authorities have also intensified domestic restrictions following confirmation of a COVID-19 case in Dornogovi Province. As of March 10, officials have suspended intercity travel - including bus, private vehicle, air, and rail transport - in the country through at least 0700 March 16. Residents of Ulaanbaatar are required to register with local authorities before leaving the city. Foreigners can only depart the country via Ulaanbaatar's Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN) and the Zamyn-Uud railway border checkpoint. Mongolian nationals in China may only return through the same ports of entry. Schools will remain closed nationwide through at least March 30.

Mongolia has extended a flight ban for planes from South Korea, Japan, and Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude, Russia, through at least March 28. However, flights from Moscow, Russia, and Berlin, Germany, are continuing normally as of March 10. Additional air transport disruptions and travel restrictions within Mongolia are possible. Movement controls may result in increased wait times at airports and border crossings that remain operational.

Coal exports to China have resumed through the Zamyn-Uud border checkpoint; however, coal exports through other border crossings remain suspended through at least March 15. Supply chain disruptions for goods coming from and going to China will continue for the duration of the restrictions.

Advice
Confirm all planned international travel to and from Mongolia. Prepare for immigration and customs delays at ULN and Zamyn-Uud. Plan for domestic transport disruptions; reconfirm all public transport schedules. Follow 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. Make allowances for likely increased employee absenteeism and supply chain disruptions.

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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