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28 mars 2020 | 15h10 UTC

Russia: Land and maritime borders to close due to COVID-19 March 30 /update 22

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Russia to close land and maritime borders due to COVID-19 March 30; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 27/3/2020, 11h00 until 31/5/2020, 10h59 (Europe/Moscow). COUNTRY/REGION Russia

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Event

On Saturday, March 28, the Russian government published an order calling for the closure of Russia's land and maritime borders starting on Monday, March 30, to prevent further spread of the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measure will be in effect at all vehicle, rail, and pedestrian checkpoints; Russian diplomats and the drivers of freight trucks are exempt from the measures.

On Wednesday, March 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a series of measures to contain the virus. A week-long paid national holiday has been declared between March 28 and April 5, during which all nonessential work will be suspended. Hospitals, emergency services, medical services, banks, pharmacies, and stores will remain open. All restaurants and cafes will also be closed with the exception of delivery services. The government also announced that all flights except for repatriation flights will be suspended nationwide starting Friday, March 27.

Most foreign nationals are prohibited from entering the country until Friday, May 1, and all individuals arriving in Russia from abroad are subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. Russian Railways and its subsidiary, Federal Passenger Company, are reducing or suspending domestic services through late May.

To date, there have been more than 1260 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Russia, including four associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the coming days and weeks.

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 COVID-19 a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored 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 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 virus.

 

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