Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (March 17, 2020)

Location:  Turkmenistan

Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 80,000 reported cases worldwide.

While Turkmenistan has not reported any cases of COVID-19 within its borders, it has instituted measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  On March 13, 2020, the Government of Turkmenistan reported that private citizens from the United States and other countries with several cases of COVID-19 will not be permitted to enter Turkmenistan until April 1, 2020.

The number of commercial flights to and from Turkmenistan has been reduced significantly in recent weeks.  On March 6, 2020, the Department allowed for the voluntary departure of non-emergency personnel and family members of U.S. government employees.

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