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21 Feb 2020 | 10:45 AM UTC

Tajikistan: Coronavirus entry restrictions in place as of February 21

Entry restrictions due to ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak implemented as of February 21; no cases confirmed in Tajikistan



According to US diplomatic authorities, the Government of Tajikistan has implemented new screening and quarantine procedures at all land border checkpoints and airports as of Friday, February 21, to prevent further spread of the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. All travelers from China and any traveler who presents with symptoms of COVID-19 may be placed into a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Entry screening and quarantine practices in Tajikistan may be changed with little or no advance notice.

To date, there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in Tajikistan.

Further international spread of COVID-19 is to be expected over the coming days and weeks.


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 31 countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On February 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the COVID-19 outbreak is a "very grave threat."

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.


Potentially impacted travelers are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate possible travel delays, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

  • To reduce the general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide the following measures
  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue - throw tissue away immediately and wash hands
  • If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider
  • Adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments

In the case that symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness emerge either during or after travel, travelers are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with their health care provider. Travelers returning from China who develop symptoms of pneumonia are advised to call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to avoid potential spread of the disease.