SEC suggests to extend COVID-19 border restrictions to December 31

2020-10-27 16:14:10

The State Emergency Commission today, October 26, convened to decide on whether to extend the heightened state of readiness amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

At the meeting, it was resolved to extend the duration of the restriction imposed to all passengers, including Mongolian nationals, on the movement across the country’s all auto road, air and railway border crossing points until the end of this year or December 31. 

Moreover, the regime of ‘heightened state of readiness’ will remain effective through December 31, 2020 to prevent from the spread of COVID-19, as decided by the SEC.

The cabinet is expected to discuss and approve today’s decision by the State Emergency Commission on Wednesday, October 28. 

As a measure to prevent from COVID-19 outbreak, Mongolia started gradually closing its borders to all passengers, including its own citizens, since early February this year. All people returning from abroad either on government-arranged charter flights or across border crossing checkpoints in an organized manner are being placed under 21-day mandatory isolation at government-designated facilities. 

Thanks to these measures, all 339 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Mongolia are imported and no local transmission of the virus has been detected. 

Domestic public events, activities and businesses and all levels of educational institutions were allowed to return to normal operations after different levels of restrictions that had been imposed on their operations since January 2020, were lifted on September 14, 2020.