Mongolia restricts travel from Italy, Japan, and South Korea from Feb. 28. Schools closed through March. Additional controls maintained.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 27 Feb 2020 19:27 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 announced that, from Feb. 28 onward, all foreign nationals with recent travel history to Japan, South Korea, and Italy will be banned from entering the country. The move is part of a series of measures to prevent the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) into Mongolia. Officials are continuing the closure of all ports of entry, including air, land, and rail, to arrivals of foreign nationals from China. Mongolian citizens arriving from China, Japan, South Korea, and Italy are subject to mandatory 14-day quarantines upon repatriation. The Mongolian government has been proactive at preventing travel from countries with confirmed COVID-19 transmission; therefore, Mongolian officials are highly likely to extend travel restrictions to any additional countries that experience outbreaks. As of Feb. 28, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mongolia.

Other precautionary measures remain in place. As of Feb. 28, authorities are implementing the following restrictions:

• 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 effectively banned from traveling to China. Mongolian nationals in China will only be allowed to return via ULN and the Zamyn-Uud railway border checkpoint.

• Schools will remain closed nationwide through at least March 30.

• Residents of Ulaanbaatar are required to register with local authorities before leaving the city.

• Coal exports to China are suspended through at least March 15.

Movement controls may result in increased wait times at airports and border crossings that remain operational. More generalized movement and business disruptions are possible. Supply chain disruptions for goods coming from and going to China will continue for the duration of the restrictions.

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. The likelihood of additional domestic measures will increase should cases be confirmed in the country.

Advice
Confirm all planned international travel to and from Mongolia. 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. 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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