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22 Sep 2020 | 03:26 AM UTC

Kyrgyzstan: Commercial flights with Russia resume from September 21 /update 14

Kyrgyzstan News Alert

Commercial flights with Russia resume amid easing of COVID-10 restrictions from September 21; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/22/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/6/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bishkek). COUNTRY/REGION Kyrgyzstan

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Kyrgyzstan authorities have announced that commercial flights with Russia have resumed as of Monday, September 21, amid easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. The original flight restriction with Russia was implemented in March. Travelers arriving from Russia will be exempt from the current 14-day self-isolation requirement. Kyrgyz citizens traveling to Russia will be required to provide a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken no more than three days prior to arrival. 

An entry ban on all other foreign travelers, including permanent residents, remains in place. Those permitted entry into Kyrgyzstan will be required to undertake three days of mandatory quarantine at a state facility before undertaking 14 days of self-isolation at private accommodation.

Kyrgyzstan's government had previously eased restrictions at the end of May. Hotels and most other service providers, as well as public transport, were permitted to resume operations, and shopping centers and markets selling nonessential goods reopened. Certain businesses providing nonessential goods and services had been operating since May 11.

As of September 21, authorities have confirmed 45,471 cases of COVID-19 in the country and 1063 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over 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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