10 Apr 2020 16:06

Tajikistan closes border to foreigners due to coronavirus threat - Tajik Foreign Ministry

DUSHANBE. April 10 (Interfax) - Tajikistan has temporarily restricted entry and exit to foreign citizens and stateless persons at crossing points on the state border, the Tajik Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

"Temporary restrictions on the entry and exist of all foreign citizens and stateless persons via all crossing points on the state border of the country have been imposed in order to implement urgent measures to prevent the infiltration and spread of the novel coronavirus," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"These restrictions do not apply to foreign diplomats, representatives of international organizations and financial institutions accredited in the Republic of Tajikistan, as well as members of their families. If the aforementioned category of people enters the country, they are to undergo a procedure of mandatory 14-day self-isolation at the places of their permanent residence under the supervision of employees of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Tajikistan," the statement said.

The temporary restrictions also do not apply to drivers conducting international cargo shipping (in accordance with the temporary proceedings), crews of planes and international rail services, it said.

"If foreign citizens outside the aforementioned categories need to leave Tajikistan, the Republican Headquarters to prevent the infiltration and spread of Covid-19 is ready to consider official requests from the states of their nationality, including for organizing charter flights," the statement said.

According to the Health Ministry, no Covid-19 cases have been recorded in the country as of April 9. A total of 7,257 citizens who arrived from abroad were quarantined to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country between February 1 and April 8. Out of those people, 5,243 were discharged and 2,014 currently remain quarantined in medical facilities of the country.