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Airlines Updates

11.09.2020 Air Astana this month resumes 2 International routes in Central Asia, as the airline today resumes service to Tashkent, followed by Bishkek next week. Both routes will be served with reduced frequency in September 2020.

Almaty – Bishkek eff 20SEP20 2 weekly E190-E2/A320
KC109 ALA0730 – 0825FRU 320 2
KC109 ALA1800 – 1855FRU 290 7

KC110 FRU0925 – 1010ALA 320 2
KC110 FRU1955 – 2045ALA 290 7

Almaty – Tashkent eff 11SEP20 1 weekly A321 (Schedule below from 17SEP20)
KC127 ALA1020 – 1050TAS 321 4
KC128 TAS1220 – 1445ALA 321 4

01.09.2020 Kazakhstan’s SCAT Aircompany this week set to resume service to Turkey, with flights offered from Aktau and Shymkent. Service to be operated by Boeing 737-300 aircraft.

Aktau – Istanbul eff 04SEP20 3 weekly 737-300
DV811 SCO2200 – 2330IST 733 257
DV812 IST0045 – 0550SCO 733 136

Shymkent – Istanbul eff 02SEP20 2 weekly 737-300
DV485 CIT1810 – 2025IST 733 6
DV485 CIT1850 – 2100IST 733 3

DV486 IST2145 – 0540+1CIT 733 6
DV486 IST2220 – 0600+1CIT 733 3

28.08.2020 Air Astana in recent schedule update adjusted planned International operation for winter 2020/21 season. Based on 23AUG20 OAG schedules, compared to schedule listing as of 12JUL20, the airline plans to operate 21 routes instead of 39, with 98 weekly departures from Kazakhstan, instead of 216.

Almaty – Baku Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly
Almaty – Bangkok Reduce from 5 to 3 weekly
Almaty – Beijing Capital 5 weekly (no changes)
Almaty – Bishkek Reduce from 10 to 5 weekly
Almaty – Delhi Reduce from 14 to 7 weekly
Almaty – Dubai Reduce from 9 to 7 weekly
Almaty – Dushanbe Reduce from 6 to 5 weekly
Almaty – Istanbul Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Almaty – Kyiv Borispil Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly
Almaty – Moscow Domodedovo 14 weekly (no changes)
Almaty – St. Petersburg Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Almaty – Seoul Incheon Reduce from 5 to 3 weekly
Almaty – Tashkent Reduce from 10 to 5 weekly
Almaty – Tbilisi Reduce from 5 to 4 weekly
Atyrau – Amsterdam Reduce from 4 to 3 weekly
Atyrau – Istanbul 2 weekly (no changes)
Nur-Sultan – Dubai 5 weekly (no changes)
Nur-Sultan – Frankfurt Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
Nur-Sultan – Istanbul Reduce from 5 to 2 weekly
Nur-Sultan – Moscow Domodedovo Reduce from 11 to 7 weekly
Uralsk – Frankfurt 1 weekly (no changes)

Following routes has been removed for winter 2020/21 season:
Almaty – Hong Kong
Almaty – Kuala Lumpur
Almaty – Paris CDG
Almaty – Urumqi
Atyrau – Frankfurt
Nur-Sultan – Baku
Nur-Sultan – Beijing Capital
Nur-Sultan – Bishkek
Nur-Sultan – Kyiv Borispil
Nur-Sultan – London Heathrow
Nur-Sultan – Novosibirsk
Nur-Sultan – Omsk
Nur-Sultan – St. Petersburg
Nur-Sultan – Seoul Incheon
Nur-Sultan – Tashkent
Nur-Sultan – Tbilisi
Nur-Sultan – Urumqi
Nur-Sultan – Yekaterinburg

19.08.2020 Air Astana over the weekend updated planned International routes for the remainder of August 2020. As of 15AUG20, the airline to reintroduce following International routes.

Almaty – Dubai eff 17AUG20 3 weekly A321neo
Almaty – Kyiv Borispil eff 19AUG20 2 weekly A320
Atyrau – Amsterdam eff 17AUG20 2 weekly A321
Nur-Sultan – Dubai eff 25AUG20 3 weekly A320
Nur-Sultan – Frankfurt eff 18AUG20 5 weekly A321neo

Published on 17.08.2020
Air Astana August 2020 International service resumptions as of 15AUG20

14.08.2020 Air Astana starting next week plans to resume additional International routes, operating on scheduled regular basis. Planned service resumption includes Dubai, Frankfurt and Kyiv, with following frequencies.

Almaty – Dubai eff 17AUG20 3 weekly A321neo
Almaty – Kyiv Borispil eff 19AUG20 2 weekly A320
Nur-Sultan – Frankfurt eff 18AUG20 4 weekly A321neo
Uralsk – Frankfurt eff 19AUG20 1 weekly A320

30.07.2020 Air Astana in August 2020 continues to operate limited International service on scheduled basis. As of 29JUL20, planned operation as follows. Regular scheduled service to/from Turkey remains pending, due to extended travel restrictions introduced earlier this month.

Further changes to planned operation listed below remains likely.

Almaty – Antalya eff 08AUG20 5 weekly 767
Almaty – Istanbul 5 weekly A321
Almaty – Seoul Incheon 2 weekly A321neo
Atyrau – Istanbul eff 14AUG20 1 weekly A320
Nur-Sultan – Antalya eff 12AUG20 4 weekly A320
Nur-Sultan – Istanbul eff 10AUG20 3 weekly A320
Published on 17.07.2020
FlyArystan revises 3Q20 new domestic routes/frequencies addition

Published on 02.07.2020
Qazaq Air May 2020 operations as of 14MAY20

Published on 24.06.2020
Air Astana resumes regular service to Seoul in late-June 2020

Published on 19.06.2020
FlyArystan expands domestic network in July/August 2020
SCAT Aircompany resumes Turkey service from July 2020

Published on 18.06.2020
Air Astana resumes Turkey scheduled service from late-June 2020

Published on 16.06.2020
Air Astana Resumes International Services

Published on 09.06.2020

SCAT expands Kyzylorda service in June 2020

 

08.06.2020 Air Astana in the last few weeks filed International operations for the remainder of summer 2020, when the airline gradually resumes International flights. As of 04JUN20, the airline plans to resume International and regional flight as early as 01JUL20, subject to travel restrictions in Kazakhstan, as well as other countries, which may impact planned operation listed below.

Revised International service sees the airline schedules 24 routes, instead of 44, as well as the removal of Boeing 757 and Embraer E190(-E1) aircraft.

Almaty – Antalya 5 weekly 767
Almaty – Baku 3 weekly E190-E2
Almaty – Bangkok 2 weekly A321neo
Almaty – Beijing Capital 5 weekly A320/321
Almaty – Bishkek 4 weekly E190-E2/A320
Almaty – Delhi 3 weekly A320/321
Almaty – Dubai 3 weekly A321
Almaty – Dushanbe 5 weekly E190-E2/A320
Almaty – Istanbul 7 weekly A321
Almaty – Kyiv Borispil 7 weekly A320
Almaty – Moscow Domodedovo 14 weekly A321/321neo
Almaty – Seoul Incheon 3 weekly A321neo
Almaty – St. Petersburg 5 weekly A320/321
Almaty – Tashkent 7 weekly E190-E2/A320
Almaty – Tbilisi 4 weekly E190-E2/A320/321
Almaty – Urumqi 3 weekly E190-E2
Atyrau – Amsterdam 4 weekly A321
Atyrau – Istanbul 2 weekly A321
Kostanay – Hannover 2 weekly A320
Nur-Sultan – Antalya 4 weekly A320/321
Nur-Sultan – Dubai 5 weekly A320
Nur-Sultan – Frankfurt 7 weekly A321neo
Nur-Sultan – Moscow Domodedovo 7 weekly A320
Uralsk – Frankfurt 1 weekly A320

Published on 05.06.2020

Air Astana July – October 2020 International Preliminary operations as of 04JUN20

 

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Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Kazakhstan.
  • This does not apply to passengers traveling to Kazakhstan from Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, Japan, Korea (South), Netherlands, Russia, Thailand or United Arab Emirates; or the following passengers provided they also hold a PCR test result proving that they are free of coronavirus:
    • Nationals of Kazakhstan and their immediate family,
    • Passengers who are crew members of Kazakhstan airlines provided holding proof of employment status, and their family members,
    • Passengers who are traveling to Kazakhstan from Turkey,
    • Official and government delegations,
    • Locomotive crew,
    • Personnel servicing foreign cross-border facilities on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan and neighbouring states,
    • Nationals of Russia who are members of military units located within the territories of Kazakhstan, including their family members,
    • Nationals of Russia working for organisations registered in Baikonur provided holding document proof, including their family members,
    • Employees of the intergovernmental courier business, provided holding proof of employment status,
    • Passengers holding a valid stateless person travel document issued by Kazakhstan,
    • Passengers arriving for further departure, provided being requested by consulates of their home countries,
    • Stateless person and their family members holding a valid residence permit issued by Kazakhstan,
    • Employees of companies that are approved by the Kazakhstan authorities on a case-by-case basis.
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Flight Restrictions

published 27.08.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to spouses, parents and children of nationals of Kazakhstan.
– This does not apply to spouses, parents and children of residents of Kazakhstan.
– This does not apply to family members of passengers with a diplomatic passport.
– This does not apply to passengers traveling as students.
– This does not apply to passengers returning via Kazakhstan to their country of residence.

All international flights are suspended
Flights to Kazakhstan are suspended.
– This does not apply to nationals of China (People’s Rep.) if arriving from the country of nationality.
– This does not apply to repatriation flights.

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Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site- subject to PCR.

Travellers entering Kazakhstan who test positive for coronavirus are currently required to self-isolate for 14 days. Those needing medical assistance may be confined in state facilities.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

Travellers from most countries are required to show a coronavirus free certificate issued within five days of arrival.

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2018)
Country requirement at entry: no
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Full Restrictions

  • Kazakhstan Flights between Kazakhstan and Ukraine resume on 17 August (Ukrinform, 15.08.2020) Government will ease COVID-19-related restrictions from 17 August (Kazinform, 13.08.2020). Government to permit international flights to/from Belarus, Germany, Netherlands, Egypt, Russia, UAE and Ukraine from 17 August (AKI,12.08.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Kazakhstan remain very limited. Most foreign nationals are currently prevented from travelling to Kazakhstan. For details of exceptions visit the Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry website. Travellers from most countries are required to show a coronavirus free certificate issued within five days of arrival. Contact the local immigration authorities or the nearest Kazakh embassy for latest information. Travellers entering Kazakhstan who test positive for coronavirus are currently required to self-isolate for 14 days. Those needing medical assistance may be confined in state facilities..Travellers are required to provide details of where they are staying in Kazakhstan and to confirm they will abide by all coronavirus restrictions. Travellers will be screened by having their temperature taken and assessed for other coronavirus symptoms on departure from Kazakhstan.

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    Internal restrictions:

    There are a few local restrictions and localised lockdowns in place; you must wear a face covering in public spaces, including in vehicles. Breaches of regulations can result in fines or eventually imprisonment. Most hotels are open, although some close at short notice due to low demand. Some quarantine restrictions remain in place, particularly at weekends when many retail and hospitality outlets are closed. Local regulations, including wearing of face masks, should be observed at all times.

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    08.09.2020
  • Kazakhstan Kazakhstan lockdown extended until 2 August (Radio Free Europe, 14.07.2020). Government to implement fresh restrictions on movement, close some businesses for two weeks from 5 July to curb spread of COVID-19 (Reuters, 02.07.2020). Kazakhstan gradually renews regular flights to Turkey, China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan and Georgia starting from June 20. (Reuters, 12.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Most foreign nationals, are currently prevented from travelling to Kazakhstan. Those who do arrive are subject to 24 hours mandatory quarantine while testing for coronavirus takes place. All travellers to Kazakhstan are then subject to health monitoring and mandatory follow-up measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. These measures may vary according to the severity of the outbreak in the country of origin, and could include: daily health monitoring by telephone call after arrival, health monitoring at the traveller’s place of residence, quarantine in a hospital for 14 days.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Prime Minister Asqar Mamin, announced on July 14 that a second two-week coronavirus lockdown introduced on July 5 has been extended until August 2.
    Kazakhstan will lock down the eastern cities of Oskemen and Semey from July 5 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, the governor of the Eastern Kazakhstan province said on Friday. (Reuters, 03.07.2020)
    Residents of Kazakhstan are currently restricted from travelling within the country as several major cities, including Nur-Sultan and Almaty, are in lock-down due to coronavirus restrictions. Travel to any closed area requires advance permission from the Kazakh government. Some military/restricted areas are not clearly marked. Take care when travelling away from normal routes. The borders between Kazakhstan and its neighbours are currently closed to traffic, due to coronavirus restrictions.
    There are a few local restrictions and localised lockdowns in place; you must wear a face covering in public spaces, including in vehicles. Breaches of regulations can result in fines or eventually imprisonment. Most hotels are open, although some close at short notice due to low demand. Many public places and services in Kazakhstan closed again on 5 July, due to an upsurge in coronavirus cases. Local regulations, including wearing of face masks, should be observed at all times.

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    23.07.2020
  • Kazakhstan Kazakhstan lockdown extended until 2 August (Radio Free Europe, 14.07.2020). Government to implement fresh restrictions on movement, close some businesses for two weeks from 5 July to curb spread of COVID-19 (Reuters, 02.07.2020). Kazakhstan gradually renews regular flights to Turkey, China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan and Georgia starting from June 20. (Reuters, 12.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Most foreign nationals, are currently prevented from travelling to Kazakhstan. Those who do arrive are subject to 24 hours mandatory quarantine while testing for coronavirus takes place. All travellers to Kazakhstan are then subject to health monitoring and mandatory follow-up measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. These measures may vary according to the severity of the outbreak in the country of origin, and could include: daily health monitoring by telephone call after arrival, health monitoring at the traveller’s place of residence, quarantine in a hospital for 14 days.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Prime Minister Asqar Mamin, announced on July 14 that a second two-week coronavirus lockdown introduced on July 5 has been extended until August 2.
    Kazakhstan will lock down the eastern cities of Oskemen and Semey from July 5 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, the governor of the Eastern Kazakhstan province said on Friday. (Reuters, 03.07.2020)
    Kazakhstan will close some non-essential businesses, limit travel between provinces, cut public transit hours of operation and ban public gatherings for two weeks starting from July 5. The measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus in the Central Asian country may be tightened or extended later (Reuters, 02.07.2020)
    Residents of Kazakhstan are currently restricted from travelling within the country as several major cities, including Nur-Sultan and Almaty, are in lock-down due to coronavirus restrictions. Travel to any closed area requires advance permission from the Kazakh government. Some military/restricted areas are not clearly marked. Take care when travelling away from normal routes. The borders between Kazakhstan and its neighbours are currently closed to traffic, due to coronavirus restrictions.

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    14.07.2020
  • Kazakhstan Government will extend second COVID-19 lockdown by two weeks until end of July (Reuters, 13.07.2020). Government to implement fresh restrictions on movement, close some businesses for two weeks from 5 July to curb spread of COVID-19 (Reuters, 02.07.2020). Kazakhstan gradually renews regular flights to Turkey, China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan and Georgia starting from June 20. (Reuters, 12.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Most foreign nationals, are currently prevented from travelling to Kazakhstan. Those who do arrive are subject to 24 hours mandatory quarantine while testing for coronavirus takes place. All travellers to Kazakhstan are then subject to health monitoring and mandatory follow-up measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. These measures may vary according to the severity of the outbreak in the country of origin, and could include: daily health monitoring by telephone call after arrival, health monitoring at the traveller’s place of residence, quarantine in a hospital for 14 days.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Kazakhstan will lock down the eastern cities of Oskemen and Semey from July 5 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, the governor of the Eastern Kazakhstan province said on Friday. (Reuters, 03.07.2020)
    Kazakhstan will close some non-essential businesses, limit travel between provinces, cut public transit hours of operation and ban public gatherings for two weeks starting from July 5. The measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus in the Central Asian country may be tightened or extended later (Reuters, 02.07.2020)
    Residents of Kazakhstan are currently restricted from travelling within the country as several major cities, including Nur-Sultan and Almaty, are in lock-down due to coronavirus restrictions. Travel to any closed area requires advance permission from the Kazakh government. Some military/restricted areas are not clearly marked. Take care when travelling away from normal routes. The borders between Kazakhstan and its neighbours are currently closed to traffic, due to coronavirus restrictions.

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    13.07.2020
  • Kazakhstan The Kazakh government has proposed starting the Central Asian nation’s second lockdown from July 5 and maintaining it for at least two weeks (Reuters, 01.07.2020) Kazakhstan gradually renews regular flights to Turkey, China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan and Georgia starting from June 20. (Reuters, 12.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Most foreign nationals, including those from the UK, are currently prevented from travelling to Kazakhstan. Those who do arrive are subject to 24 hours mandatory quarantine while testing for coronavirus takes place. All travellers to Kazakhstan are then subject to health monitoring and mandatory follow-up measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. These measures may vary according to the severity of the outbreak in the country of origin, and could include: daily health monitoring by telephone call after arrival, health monitoring at the traveller’s place of residence, quarantine in a hospital for 14 days.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Government locks down several towns following spike in fresh COVID-19 cases. (Reuters, 11.06.2020).
    Residents of Kazakhstan are currently restricted from travelling within the country as several major cities, including Nur-Sultan and Almaty, are in lock-down due to coronavirus restrictions. Travel to any closed area requires advance permission from the Kazakh government. Some military/restricted areas are not clearly marked. Take care when travelling away from normal routes. The borders between Kazakhstan and its neighbours are currently closed to traffic, due to coronavirus restrictions.

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    01.07.2020
  • Kazakhstan Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev ordered his government on Monday 29 June to prepare a package of coronavirus restrictions similar to the hard lockdown that the Central Asian nation imposed in March-May after a recent sharp rise in infections. (Reuters, 29.06.2020)
    Kazakhstan gradually renews regular flights to Turkey, China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan and Georgia starting from June 20. (Reuters, 12.06.2020)

    1. Airports are closed for international flights.
    – This does not apply to flights arriving from China (People’s Rep.), Georgia, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Thailand or Turkey.
    2. Passengers arriving from Turkey must:
    – have with a medical certificate stating a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 5 days before arrival; or
    – be tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19) at most 48 hours after arrival.

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    International restrictions:

    Most foreign nationals, including those from the UK, are currently prevented from travelling to Kazakhstan. Those who do arrive are subject to 24 hours mandatory quarantine while testing for coronavirus takes place. All travellers to Kazakhstan are then subject to health monitoring and mandatory follow-up measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. These measures may vary according to the severity of the outbreak in the country of origin, and could include: daily health monitoring by telephone call after arrival, health monitoring at the traveller’s place of residence, quarantine in a hospital for 14 days.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Government locks down several towns following spike in fresh COVID-19 cases. (Reuters, 11.06.2020).
    Residents of Kazakhstan are currently restricted from travelling within the country as several major cities, including Nur-Sultan and Almaty, are in lock-down due to coronavirus restrictions. Travel to any closed area requires advance permission from the Kazakh government. Some military/restricted areas are not clearly marked. Take care when travelling away from normal routes. The borders between Kazakhstan and its neighbours are currently closed to traffic, due to coronavirus restrictions.

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    29.06.2020
  • Kazakhstan Kazakhstan will gradually renew regular flights to Turkey, China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan and Georgia starting from June 20. (Reuters, 12.06.2020)

    1. Airports are closed for international flights.
    – This does not apply to flights arriving from China (People’s Rep.), Georgia, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Thailand or Turkey.
    2. Passengers arriving from Turkey must:
    – have with a medical certificate stating a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 5 days before arrival; or
    – be tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19) at most 48 hours after arrival.

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    International restrictions:

    Most foreign nationals, including those from the UK, are currently prevented from travelling to Kazakhstan. Those who do arrive are subject to 24 hours mandatory quarantine while testing for coronavirus takes place. All travellers to Kazakhstan are then subject to health monitoring and mandatory follow-up measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. These measures may vary according to the severity of the outbreak in the country of origin, and could include: daily health monitoring by telephone call after arrival, health monitoring at the traveller’s place of residence, quarantine in a hospital for 14 days.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Government locks down several towns following spike in fresh COVID-19 cases (Reuters, 11.06.2020).
    Residents of Kazakhstan are currently restricted from travelling within the country as several major cities, including Nur-Sultan and Almaty, are in lock-down due to coronavirus restrictions. Travel to any closed area requires advance permission from the Kazakh government. Some military/restricted areas are not clearly marked. Take care when travelling away from normal routes. The borders between Kazakhstan and its neighbours are currently closed to traffic, due to coronavirus restrictions.

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    23.06.2020
  • Kazakhstan Kazakhstan will gradually renew regular flights to Turkey, China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan and Georgia starting from June 20. (Reuters, 12.06.2020)

    1. Airports are closed for international flights.
    – This does not apply to flights arriving from China (People’s Rep.), Georgia, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Thailand or Turkey.
    2. Passengers arriving from Turkey with a medical certificate stating a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 5 days before arrival, are subject to quarantine for 14 days.
    3. Passengers arriving from Turkey without a medical certificate are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test and quarantine.

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    International restrictions:

    Most foreign nationals, including those from the UK, are currently prevented from travelling to Kazakhstan. Those who do arrive are subject to 24 hours mandatory quarantine while testing for coronavirus takes place. All travellers to Kazakhstan are then subject to health monitoring and mandatory follow-up measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. These measures may vary according to the severity of the outbreak in the country of origin, and could include: daily health monitoring by telephone call after arrival, health monitoring at the traveller’s place of residence, quarantine in a hospital for 14 days.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Government locks down several towns following spike in fresh COVID-19 cases (Reuters, 11.06.2020).
    Residents of Kazakhstan are currently restricted from travelling within the country as several major cities, including Nur-Sultan and Almaty, are in lock-down due to coronavirus restrictions. Travel to any closed area requires advance permission from the Kazakh government. Some military/restricted areas are not clearly marked. Take care when travelling away from normal routes. The borders between Kazakhstan and its neighbours are currently closed to traffic, due to coronavirus restrictions.

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    21.06.2020
  • Kazakhstan Kazakhstan will gradually renew regular flights to Turkey, China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan and Georgia starting from June 20. (Reuters, 12.06.2020)

    Airports are closed for international flights.
    Effective 20 June 2020:
    1. Airports are closed for international flights.
    – This does not apply to flights arriving from China (People’s Rep.), Georgia, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Thailand or Turkey.
    2. Passengers arriving from Turkey with a medical certificate stating a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 5 days before arrival, are subject to quarantine for 14 days.
    3. Passengers arriving from Turkey without a medical certificate are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test and quarantine.

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    International restrictions:

    Most foreign nationals, including those from the UK, are currently prevented from travelling to Kazakhstan. Those who do arrive are subject to 24 hours mandatory quarantine while testing for coronavirus takes place. All travellers to Kazakhstan are then subject to health monitoring and mandatory follow-up measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. These measures may vary according to the severity of the outbreak in the country of origin, and could include: daily health monitoring by telephone call after arrival, health monitoring at the traveller’s place of residence, quarantine in a hospital for 14 days.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Government locks down several towns following spike in fresh COVID-19 cases (Reuters, 11.06.2020).
    Residents of Kazakhstan are currently restricted from travelling within the country as several major cities, including Nur-Sultan and Almaty, are in lock-down due to coronavirus restrictions. Travel to any closed area requires advance permission from the Kazakh government. Some military/restricted areas are not clearly marked. Take care when travelling away from normal routes. The borders between Kazakhstan and its neighbours are currently closed to traffic, due to coronavirus restrictions.

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    18.06.2020
  • Kazakhstan Kazakhstan will gradually renew regular flights to Turkey, China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan and Georgia starting from June 20. (Reuters, 12.06.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All foreign nationals are barred entry into the country until further notice due to the imposition of a state of emergency. Categories of foreign nationals that are exempt from this restriction are:
    Diplomatic personnel and their family members.
    Members of official delegations invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.
    Members of train, locomotive, aircraft and sea crews.
    Family members of citizens of Kazakhstan (subject to confirmation of kinship – spouses, parents and children).
    Foreigners (stateless persons), holders of Kazakh residence permits.
    Service personnel of foreign cross-border facilities on the territory of Kazakhstan
    All foreigners currently in Kazakhstan are allowed to depart.
    Kazakh nationals are exempt from inbound travel restrictions but are not allowed to leave the country.
    Most international flights remain suspended except for limited repatriation flights for foreign nationals to depart and Kazakhs to return.

    COVID-19 Testing for Certain Travelers:
    In the event the Kazakhstani authorities determine that you have likely been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, they may require you to go to a medical treatment facility in order to be tested. In that event, please comply with instructions while at the same time taking such personal items as you may need if the testing process requires an overnight stay or a longer period of quarantine.

    Internal restrictions:

    Government locks down several towns following spike in fresh COVID-19 cases (Reuters, 11.06.2020).
    The state of emergency has ended on 11 May though many domestic restrictions remain.
    Domestic flights have gradually resumed since 1 May. Limited flights have resumed between Nur-Sultan and Almaty and other cities, including Kyzylorda, Oskemen, Semey, Petropavlovsk, Aktobe, Pavlodar, Taraz, Karaganda, Taldykorgan, Kokshetau, Shymkent, Aktau, Uralsk, Zhezkazgan, Balkhash, Zaysan, and Urdzhar. As of May 11, passengers will no longer be required to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test. At the airport, passengers will be required to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines of one meter. Staff at the airport will measure passengers’ temperature.
    Kazakhstan’s border largely remains closed to foreign citizens with highly limited exception, including diplomats, direct-family members of Kazakhstani citizens, residency permit holders, and some employees of designated companies in critical industries.
    Nur-Sultan and Almaty have been placed under quarantine with the following restrictions in place:
    Residents can now leave their houses but they must wear masks and adhere to strict social distancing. Gathering of more than three people is banned.
    Entry and exit to these cities is restricted.
    There will be increased patrolling by the police forces, with an additional number of spot checks for identification documents. However, in the Almaty region checkpoints between districts and cities were removed.
    Measures that are similar to what is in place in Nur-Sultan and Almaty have also been introduced in Akmola province, Atyrau (Atyrau province), Shymkent, and several towns in Karaganda province, all of which have also been placed under so-called quarantine.
    Some form of movement restrictions have also been introduced in Aktobe (Aktobe province), Aktau (Mangystau province), Kostanay province, Pavlodar province, Turkistan province, West Kazakhstan province, and Zhambyl province; in some of these provinces both exit and entry are banned, while in some only entry is restricted. Intercity bus and rail services linking these cities and provinces with other major urban centres have been limited or suspended.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Kazakhstan will take down police checkpoints between its regions next week and reopen kindergartens and gyms as it moves to ease its coronavirus lockdown, the government said on Friday 29 May (Reuters, 29.05.2020)

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    12.06.2020
  • Kazakhstan Kazakhstan to further ease restrictions, may resume some international flights (Reuters, 29.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All foreign nationals are barred entry into the country until further notice due to the imposition of a state of emergency. Categories of foreign nationals that are exempt from this restriction are: Diplomatic personnel and their family members. Members of official delegations invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. Members of train, locomotive, aircraft and sea crews. Family members of citizens of Kazakhstan (subject to confirmation of kinship – spouses, parents and children). Foreigners (stateless persons), holders of Kazakh residence permits. Service personnel of foreign cross-border facilities on the territory of Kazakhstan All foreigners currently in Kazakhstan are allowed to depart. Kazakh nationals are exempt from inbound travel restrictions but are not allowed to leave the country. Most international flights remain suspended except for limited repatriation flights for foreign nationals to depart and Kazakhs to return. COVID-19 Testing for Certain Travelers: In the event the Kazakhstani authorities determine that you have likely been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, they may require you to go to a medical treatment facility in order to be tested. In that event, please comply with instructions while at the same time taking such personal items as you may need if the testing process requires an overnight stay or a longer period of quarantine.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has ended on 11 May though many domestic restrictions remain. Domestic flights have gradually resumed since 1 May. Limited flights have resumed between Nur-Sultan and Almaty and other cities, including Kyzylorda, Oskemen, Semey, Petropavlovsk, Aktobe, Pavlodar, Taraz, Karaganda, Taldykorgan, Kokshetau, Shymkent, Aktau, Uralsk, Zhezkazgan, Balkhash, Zaysan, and Urdzhar. As of May 11, passengers will no longer be required to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test. At the airport, passengers will be required to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines of one meter. Staff at the airport will measure passengers’ temperature. Kazakhstan’s border largely remains closed to foreign citizens with highly limited exception, including diplomats, direct-family members of Kazakhstani citizens, residency permit holders, and some employees of designated companies in critical industries. Nur-Sultan and Almaty have been placed under quarantine with the following restrictions in place: Residents can now leave their houses but they must wear masks and adhere to strict social distancing. Gathering of more than three people is banned. Entry and exit to these cities is restricted. There will be increased patrolling by the police forces, with an additional number of spot checks for identification documents. However, in the Almaty region checkpoints between districts and cities were removed.

    Measures that are similar to what is in place in Nur-Sultan and Almaty have also been introduced in Akmola province, Atyrau (Atyrau province), Shymkent, and several towns in Karaganda province, all of which have also been placed under so-called quarantine. Some form of movement restrictions have also been introduced in Aktobe (Aktobe province), Aktau (Mangystau province), Kostanay province, Pavlodar province, Turkistan province, West Kazakhstan province, and Zhambyl province; in some of these provinces both exit and entry are banned, while in some only entry is restricted. Intercity bus and rail services linking these cities and provinces with other major urban centres have been limited or suspended.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Kazakhstan will take down police checkpoints between its regions next week and reopen kindergartens and gyms as it moves to ease its coronavirus lockdown, the government said on Friday 29 May (Reuters, 29.05.2020)

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    30.05.2020
  • Kazakhstan Kazakh and Turkish airlines may resume passenger flights between the two countries in late June. (Reutera, 23.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All foreign nationals are barred entry into the country until further notice due to the imposition of a state of emergency. Categories of foreign nationals that are exempt from this restriction are: Diplomatic personnel and their family members. Members of official delegations invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. Members of train, locomotive, aircraft and sea crews. Family members of citizens of Kazakhstan (subject to confirmation of kinship – spouses, parents and children). Foreigners (stateless persons), holders of Kazakh residence permits. Service personnel of foreign cross-border facilities on the territory of Kazakhstan All foreigners currently in Kazakhstan are allowed to depart. Kazakh nationals are exempt from inbound travel restrictions but are not allowed to leave the country. Most international flights remain suspended except for limited repatriation flights for foreign nationals to depart and Kazakhs to return. COVID-19 Testing for Certain Travelers: In the event the Kazakhstani authorities determine that you have likely been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, they may require you to go to a medical treatment facility in order to be tested. In that event, please comply with instructions while at the same time taking such personal items as you may need if the testing process requires an overnight stay or a longer period of quarantine.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has ended on 11 May though many domestic restrictions remain. Domestic flights have gradually resumed since 1 May. Limited flights have resumed between Nur-Sultan and Almaty and other cities, including Kyzylorda, Oskemen, Semey, Petropavlovsk, Aktobe, Pavlodar, Taraz, Karaganda, Taldykorgan, Kokshetau, Shymkent, Aktau, Uralsk, Zhezkazgan, Balkhash, Zaysan, and Urdzhar. As of May 11, passengers will no longer be required to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test. At the airport, passengers will be required to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines of one meter. Staff at the airport will measure passengers’ temperature. Kazakhstan’s border largely remains closed to foreign citizens with highly limited exception, including diplomats, direct-family members of Kazakhstani citizens, residency permit holders, and some employees of designated companies in critical industries. Nur-Sultan and Almaty have been placed under quarantine with the following restrictions in place: Residents can now leave their houses but they must wear masks and adhere to strict social distancing. Gathering of more than three people is banned. Entry and exit to these cities is restricted. There will be increased patrolling by the police forces, with an additional number of spot checks for identification documents. However, in the Almaty region checkpoints between districts and cities were removed. Measures that are similar to what is in place in Nur-Sultan and Almaty have also been introduced in Akmola province, Atyrau (Atyrau province), Shymkent, and several towns in Karaganda province, all of which have also been placed under so-called quarantine. Some form of movement restrictions have also been introduced in Aktobe (Aktobe province), Aktau (Mangystau province), Kostanay province, Pavlodar province, Turkistan province, West Kazakhstan province, and Zhambyl province; in some of these provinces both exit and entry are banned, while in some only entry is restricted. Intercity bus and rail services linking these cities and provinces with other major urban centres have been limited or suspended.

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    27.05.2020
  • Kazakhstan Kazakh and Turkish airlines may resume passenger flights between the two countries in late June. (Reutera, 23.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All foreign nationals are barred entry into the country until further notice due to the imposition of a state of emergency. Categories of foreign nationals that are exempt from this restriction are: Diplomatic personnel and their family members. Members of official delegations invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. Members of train, locomotive, aircraft and sea crews. Family members of citizens of Kazakhstan (subject to confirmation of kinship – spouses, parents and children). Foreigners (stateless persons), holders of Kazakh residence permits. Service personnel of foreign cross-border facilities on the territory of Kazakhstan All foreigners currently in Kazakhstan are allowed to depart. Kazakh nationals are exempt from inbound travel restrictions but are not allowed to leave the country. Most international flights remain suspended except for limited repatriation flights for foreign nationals to depart and Kazakhs to return. COVID-19 Testing for Certain Travelers: In the event the Kazakhstani authorities determine that you have likely been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, they may require you to go to a medical treatment facility in order to be tested. In that event, please comply with instructions while at the same time taking such personal items as you may need if the testing process requires an overnight stay or a longer period of quarantine.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has ended on 11 May though many domestic restrictions remain. Domestic flights have gradually resumed since 1 May. Limited flights have resumed between Nur-Sultan and Almaty and other cities, including Kyzylorda, Oskemen, Semey, Petropavlovsk, Aktobe, Pavlodar, Taraz, Karaganda, Taldykorgan, Kokshetau, Shymkent, Aktau, Uralsk, Zhezkazgan, Balkhash, Zaysan, and Urdzhar. As of May 11, passengers will no longer be required to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test. At the airport, passengers will be required to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines of one meter. Staff at the airport will measure passengers’ temperature. Kazakhstan’s border largely remains closed to foreign citizens with highly limited exception, including diplomats, direct-family members of Kazakhstani citizens, residency permit holders, and some employees of designated companies in critical industries. Nur-Sultan and Almaty have been placed under quarantine with the following restrictions in place: Residents can now leave their houses but they must wear masks and adhere to strict social distancing. Gathering of more than three people is banned. Entry and exit to these cities is restricted. There will be increased patrolling by the police forces, with an additional number of spot checks for identification documents. However, in the Almaty region checkpoints between districts and cities will be removed from 18 May. Measures that are similar to what is in place in Nur-Sultan and Almaty have also been introduced in Akmola province, Atyrau (Atyrau province), Shymkent, and several towns in Karaganda province, all of which have also been placed under so-called quarantine. Some form of movement restrictions have also been introduced in Aktobe (Aktobe province), Aktau (Mangystau province), Kostanay province, Pavlodar province, Turkistan province, West Kazakhstan province, and Zhambyl province; in some of these provinces both exit and entry are banned, while in some only entry is restricted. Intercity bus and rail services linking these cities and provinces with other major urban centres have been limited or suspended.

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    23.05.2020
  • Kazakhstan

    International restrictions:

    All foreign nationals are barred entry into the country until further notice due to the imposition of a state of emergency. Categories of foreign nationals that are exempt from this restriction are: Diplomatic personnel and their family members. Members of official delegations invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. Members of train, locomotive, aircraft and sea crews. Family members of citizens of Kazakhstan (subject to confirmation of kinship – spouses, parents and children). Foreigners (stateless persons), holders of Kazakh residence permits. Service personnel of foreign cross-border facilities on the territory of Kazakhstan All foreigners currently in Kazakhstan are allowed to depart. Kazakh nationals are exempt from inbound travel restrictions but are not allowed to leave the country. Most international flights remain suspended except for limited repatriation flights for foreign nationals to depart and Kazakhs to return. COVID-19 Testing for Certain Travelers: In the event the Kazakhstani authorities determine that you have likely been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, they may require you to go to a medical treatment facility in order to be tested. In that event, please comply with instructions while at the same time taking such personal items as you may need if the testing process requires an overnight stay or a longer period of quarantine.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has ended on 11 May though many domestic restrictions remain. Domestic flights have gradually resumed since 1 May. Limited flights have resumed between Nur-Sultan and Almaty and other cities, including Kyzylorda, Oskemen, Semey, Petropavlovsk, Aktobe, Pavlodar, Taraz, Karaganda, Taldykorgan, Kokshetau, Shymkent, Aktau, Uralsk, Zhezkazgan, Balkhash, Zaysan, and Urdzhar. As of May 11, passengers will no longer be required to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test. At the airport, passengers will be required to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines of one meter. Staff at the airport will measure passengers’ temperature. Kazakhstan’s border largely remains closed to foreign citizens with highly limited exception, including diplomats, direct-family members of Kazakhstani citizens, residency permit holders, and some employees of designated companies in critical industries. Nur-Sultan and Almaty have been placed under quarantine with the following restrictions in place: Residents can now leave their houses but they must wear masks and adhere to strict social distancing. Gathering of more than three people is banned. Entry and exit to these cities is restricted. There will be increased patrolling by the police forces, with an additional number of spot checks for identification documents. However, in the Almaty region checkpoints between districts and cities will be removed from 18 May. Measures that are similar to what is in place in Nur-Sultan and Almaty have also been introduced in Akmola province, Atyrau (Atyrau province), Shymkent, and several towns in Karaganda province, all of which have also been placed under so-called quarantine. Some form of movement restrictions have also been introduced in Aktobe (Aktobe province), Aktau (Mangystau province), Kostanay province, Pavlodar province, Turkistan province, West Kazakhstan province, and Zhambyl province; in some of these provinces both exit and entry are banned, while in some only entry is restricted. Intercity bus and rail services linking these cities and provinces with other major urban centres have been limited or suspended.

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    19.05.2020
  • Kazakhstan Airports are closed for international flights. – This does not apply to state, ferry, sanitary flights and technical landings for refuel.

    International restrictions:

    All foreign nationals are barred entry into the country until further notice due to the imposition of a state of emergency. Categories of foreign nationals that are exempt from this restriction are: Diplomatic personnel and their family members. Members of official delegations invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. Members of train, locomotive, aircraft and sea crews. Family members of citizens of Kazakhstan (subject to confirmation of kinship – spouses, parents and children). Foreigners (stateless persons), holders of Kazakh residence permits. Service personnel of foreign cross-border facilities on the territory of Kazakhstan All foreigners currently in Kazakhstan are allowed to depart. Kazakh nationals are exempt from inbound travel restrictions but are not allowed to leave the country. Most international flights remain suspended except for limited repatriation flights for foreign nationals to depart and Kazakhs to return.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has ended on 11 May though many domestic restrictions remain. Domestic flights have gradually resumed since 1 May. Nur-Sultan and Almaty have been placed under quarantine with the following restrictions in place: Residents can now leave their houses but they must wear masks and adhere to strict social distancing. Gathering of more than three people is banned. Entry and exit to these cities is restricted. There will be increased patrolling by the police forces, with an additional number of spot checks for identification documents. Measures that are similar to what is in place in Nur-Sultan and Almaty have also been introduced in Akmola province, Atyrau (Atyrau province), Shymkent, and several towns in Karaganda province, all of which have also been placed under so-called quarantine. Some form of movement restrictions have also been introduced in Aktobe (Aktobe province), Aktau (Mangystau province), Kostanay province, Pavlodar province, Turkistan province, West Kazakhstan province, and Zhambyl province; in some of these provinces both exit and entry are banned, while in some only entry is restricted. Intercity bus and rail services linking these cities and provinces with other major urban centres have been limited or suspended.

    Source: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening https://www.osac.gov/Content/Report/28d22011-27ed-4ee9-b8b0-184298f8e0d5 https://kz.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

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    12.05.2020
  • Kazakhstan Airports are closed for international flights.
    – This does not apply to state, ferry, sanitary flights and technical landings for refuel.

    International restrictions:

    All foreign nationals are barred entry into the country until further notice due to the imposition of a state of emergency. Categories of foreign nationals that are exempt from this restriction are: Diplomatic personnel and their family members. Members of official delegations invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. Members of train, locomotive, aircraft and sea crews. Family members of citizens of Kazakhstan (subject to confirmation of kinship – spouses, parents and children). Foreigners (stateless persons), holders of Kazakh residence permits. Service personnel of foreign cross-border facilities on the territory of Kazakhstan. All foreigners currently in Kazakhstan are allowed to depart. Kazakh nationals are exempt from inbound travel restrictions but are not allowed to leave the country. The number of international flights has been severely reduced. Almaty International Airport (ALA) will temporarily stop all international flights. Almaty and Nur Sultan airports have stopped accepting international scheduled and evacuation passenger flights.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has been extended until 11 May.
    Despite the state of emergency, restrictions are expected to ease. Flights between Nur-Sultan and Almaty, and other major cities have resumed from 1 May. Nur-Sultan and Almaty have been placed under quarantine with the following restrictions in place:
    Intercity air, bus and rail services linking the two cities with other major urban centres are suspended. Entry and exit to these cities is restricted. Residents are barred from leaving their homes, unless to go to work or buy food and medicine. There will be increased patrolling by the police forces, with an additional number of spot checks for identification documents. Measures that are similar to what is in place in Nur-Sultan and Almaty have also been introduced in Akmola province, Atyrau (Atyrau province), Shymkent, and several towns in Karaganda province, all of which have also been placed under so-called quarantine.
    Some form of movement restrictions have also been introduced in Aktobe (Aktobe province), Aktau (Mangystau province), Kostanay province, Pavlodar province, Turkistan province, West Kazakhstan province, and Zhambyl province; in some of these provinces both exit and entry are banned, while in some only entry is restricted. Intercity bus and rail services linking these cities and provinces with other major urban centres have been limited or suspended. Saryarka International Airport (KGF) in Karaganda and Shymkent International Airport (CIT) have been closed. In some locations the operation times of public ransport have been reduced, while it has been suspended in Nur-Sultan. Banks in Almaty are open, ATMs remain operational. Quarantine introduced in East Kazakhstan Province.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK
    OSAC Travel Advisories
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information
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