Mongolia to restrict cross-border travel from China from Jan. 27, amid other measures to prevent the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

Severity: Critical Alert

This alert began 27 Jan 2020 10:30 GMT and is scheduled to expire 27 Jan 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 in Mongolia have enforced several measures in late January to contain the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from China. Officials have closed border crossings with China to vehicles and pedestrians from Jan. 27. Educational facilities, including universities, are closed through March 2, and public gatherings have been canceled. The new measures follow increased screenings of passengers at points of entry into the country. There have been no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in Mongolia as of Jan. 27.

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
Consider alternative routes if planning to drive or route freight through Mongolia-China border crossings. 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. Confirm travel reservations as a precaution.

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.