Mongolia imposes further travel restrictions to and from China from Feb. 1-March 2 to prevent the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

Severity: Critical Alert

This alert began 01 Feb 2020 08:21 GMT and is scheduled to expire 02 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
Authorities issued a statement Jan. 31 announcing further measures to contain the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from China. These measures include:

  • All ports of entry, including air, land, and air, would be closed to arrivals of foreign nationals, including Chinese nationals, from China through 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 March 2. Mongolian nationals in China will be allowed to return to the country until Feb. 6 through all ports of entry. From Feb. 6 to March 2, Mongolian nationals will only be allowed to return via ULN and the Zamyn-Uud railway border checkpoint.
  • The import and export of goods are reportedly unaffected.


The measures are the latest to be announced by the Mongolian authorities. In late January, officials closed border crossings with China to vehicles and pedestrians. Educational facilities, including universities, were also closed through March 2, and public gatherings were canceled. There have been no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in Mongolia as of Feb. 1.

The new 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 March 2.

Authorities may announce further restrictions in the coming weeks in response to the outbreak in China. Additional measures, including air transport disruptions and restrictions on travel within Mongolia, are possible. 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 through March 2. Prepare for disruptions at ULN and Zamyn-Uud through March 2.

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