Corona virus border closures

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Re: Corona virus border closures / quarantine measures

Postby steven » Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:58 am

Please post your updates below on Corona virus border closures and cancelled flights/trains/buses in Central Asia and the wider Silk Road.

I will keep this post updated. Please note that the info here is AFAIK, it's not definite.

Abkhazia

All foreigners are banned from entering until at least April.

Iran

All borders with neighbouring countries are closed.
No flights from Georgia, Armenia, Turkey, Tajikistan, UAE (perhaps others too).

Mongolia

Border with China closed for cars and pedestrians. Flights and trains to/from China are cancelled.
Flights with Japan, Thailand, South Korea cancelled.

Kazakhstan

Khorgos and Zaysan borders are closed. All rail, bus and air transport with China is cancelled.
Some travelers may get quarantined, see viewtopic.php?f=13&t=12306

Kyrgyzstan

Torugart and Irkeshtam Pass are closed. Flights to China are suspended.
Kyrgystan imposes 14-day quarantine for people coming from Japan, Italy, Iran, South Korea, China.

One report of a tour operator in Kyrgyzstan said their group was turned back at Bishkek airport after arriving from Hong Kong (they were not HK citizens)

Pakistan

Pakistan has resumed flights to China.

Tajikistan

Qolma Pass closed. Flights to China suspended.

Turkmenistan

Latest news says no tourists at all (none) are allowed into Turkmenistan until the end of March.
Flights to China are suspended.
Citizens from China, Hongkong and Taiwan, or people who are born there, will be refused.
If you have a high temperature, you will be immediately quarantined for unknown duration.
According to one message, 60-70% of tourists are immediately quarantined.
All borders are open, but some people may be refused.


Uzbekistan

Flights to China are suspended.
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Corona virus border closures

Postby Milad » Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:47 pm

Mongolia has closed its border with China "to cars and pedestrians" due to the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan.It seems that flights continue (for now). Also, the official wording implicates that trains continue to run for now as well, but I would not count on this.
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Re: Corona virus border closures

Postby steven » Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:20 am

Khorgos border with Kazakhstan is also closed: https://www.inform.kz/en/kazakhstan-shu ... s_a3608071
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Re: Corona virus border closures

Postby steven » Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:40 am

Kyrgyzstan has also closed its borders with China: https://fergana.ru/news/114518/

Tajikistan has suspended flights with China: https://fergana.ru/news/114452/
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Re: Corona virus border closures

Postby Milad » Tue Jan 28, 2020 11:51 pm

Russia has now also closed at least parts of the border, although there is conflicting information whether this affects all or only some border crossings, especially crossings in the Primorje region might be still open.
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Re: Corona virus border closures

Postby Milad » Tue Jan 28, 2020 11:55 pm

Oh, and quite unsurprisingly, North Korea has also closed for tourism.
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Re: Corona virus border closures

Postby Christian77 » Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:01 am

A journalist based in Central Asia has pointed out that land border crossings with China and Kyrgyzstan close every year for Chinese New Year. But we'll see if they reopen after the holiday is finished (which China just extended into an extra-long public holiday).
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Re: Corona virus border closures

Postby BakuBound » Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:36 am

Kazakhstan has stopped all rail, bus and air transport with China.

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking- ... o-neighbor
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Re: Corona virus border closures

Postby barrera1 » Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:29 pm

Hi, is this a legitimate news source? It is saying Turkmenistan has closed two major border points with Uzbekistan- can’t see that anywhere else though. https://turkmen.news/news/turkmenistan- ... ekistanom/
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Re: Corona virus border closures

Postby steven » Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:23 am

barrera1 wrote:Hi, is this a legitimate news source? It is saying Turkmenistan has closed two major border points with Uzbekistan- can’t see that anywhere else though. https://turkmen.news/news/turkmenistan- ... ekistanom/


Probably true.
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