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15 Mar 2020 | 09:14 AM UTC

Kazakhstan: Government bars entry to foreigners due to COVID-19 March 15 /update 8

Government declares state of emergency due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak March 15; all foreign national to be barred entry



On Sunday, March 15, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev declared a state of emergency in Kazakhstan due to the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Per the declaration, all foreign nationals will be barred from entering the country. The entry ban will not apply to Kazakh citizens, diplomats, and those invited by the government. Additionally, Kazakh nationals will be prohibited from departing the country. Prior restrictions, namely the cancelation of public events, remain in place. The state of emergency is set to last until April 15 at the earliest.

As of Sunday evening (local time), there have been eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country.

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 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, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.