Pakistan authorities close Chaman border crossing with Afghanistan through March 9 due to expanded measures related to COVID-19.

Severity: Warning Alert

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Peshawar
  • Kandahar
  • Jalalabad
  • Quetta

This alert began 02 Mar 2020 10:55 GMT and is scheduled to expire 09 Mar 2020 18:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Border closure, increased health screenings
  • Location(s): Chaman border crossing, Pakistan-Afghanistan border (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least March 9
  • Impact: Likely commercial disruptions, transport disruptions

Summary
Pakistan has closed the Chaman land border with Afghanistan, as of March 2, as part of expanded precautionary measures to control the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The border, situated in Balochistan Province, will be closed for all travel and commercial activities through March 9. The other main border crossing with Afghanistan, located in Torkham, remains open, although officials have set up medical screenings at the crossing. Authorities in Pakistan are already implementing land border closures with Iran, travel restrictions, and enhanced health screenings.

The border closure will likely prompt commercial and transport disruptions. Supply chain disruptions are probable over the coming week. Authorities may enact quarantine measures for individuals traveling from Afghanistan with symptoms of COVID-19. Increased congestion is possible at the Torkham border crossing due to the Chaman closure.

Advice
Plan for commercial and transport disruptions and source alternative supplies and land transport routes if using the Chaman border crossing. Allow additional travel time entering Pakistan due to health screenings.

Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may result in increased scrutiny and delays. Exercise basic health precautions, especially handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.

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