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01 Apr 2020 | 12:27 PM UTC

Tajikistan: Dushanbe International Airport (DYU) closed until May 1 /update 2

Tajikistan News Alert

Dushanbe International Airport (DYU) closed until May 1 amid COVID-19 pandemic; contact your consulate for guidance

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/1/2020, 12:00 AM until 4/30/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Dushanbe). COUNTRY/REGION Tajikistan

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Event

Authorities have closed the Dushanbe International Airport (DYU) effective Saturday, March 18, to Friday, May 1, in efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). DYU represents a major travel link into and out of Tajikistan, and its closure will severely impede travel into and out of the country except to and from other Central Asian states.

The French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs has announced that a special Somon Air flight is being chartered to bring European and American visitors out of the country, and has counseled effected travelers to contact their consulates for more information about this flight.

The Tajikistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) suspended flights to and from Afghanistan, Iran, and China as of Monday, March 2. Visitors entering Tajikistan are currently being screened for COVID-19 symptoms, and those that display symptoms are being placed in quarantine.

As of Wednesday, April 1, there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Tajikistan. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly, and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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