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Azerbaijan: Authorities to relax some COVID-19 restrictions from May 18 /update 8

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Azerbaijan authorities to relax some COVID-19 restrictions from May 18; abide by government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/14/2020, 11:00 PM until 5/31/2020, 10:59 PM (Asia/Baku). COUNTRY/REGION Azerbaijan

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Azerbaijan authorities announced on Friday, May 15, that some coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions would begin to lift from Monday, May 18. The decision comes as the number of active patients and the rate of infection from COVID-19 has steadily declined in the country. The following measures will take effect from 00:00 (local time) on May 18 in Baku, Sumgayit, Ganja, Lankaran, and Absheron district:

  • Residents will no longer need an SMS permit service card of employment to leave their place of residence.
  • Boulevards, parks, and recreation areas will reopen, however, groups of more than ten people are not permitted.
  • Restaurants, cafes, tea houses, and public catering establishments will be permitted to reopen between the hours of 08:00 and 18:00 (local time), however, public catering establishments that use hookah equipment are excluded.  

Additionally, museums and exhibition halls have been reopened and the ban on people over the age of 65 leaving their homes has also been lifted.

All land and air borders remain closed, with the exception of cargo transportation. Educational facilities, as well as cinemas, gyms, shopping malls, and entertainment activities, remain suspended.

As of Saturday, May 16, health authorities have confirmed 3138 COVID-19 cases and 36 associated deaths in the country. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.


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.


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 COVID-19 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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