YEREVAN (RFE/RL and Armenpress) — Armenia has banned virtually all foreign nationals from entering the country due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic, it was announced on April 7.
The Armenian government imposed last month such a ban only on the citizens of a few dozen states, notably China, Iran, Italy and Spain, that were hit hardest by coronavirus.
The Armenian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, April 7, that the government decided to extend the travel ban to the entire world because virtually all countries have recorded coronavirus cases in recent weeks.
In a statement, the ministry said that the ban will not cover those foreigners who are married to Armenians or have Armenian residency permits as well as foreign diplomats and representatives of international organizations. But it cautioned that they all will have to self-isolate or be put in quarantine immediately after entering the country.
Armenia’s land borders with neighboring Georgia and Iran were closed for travel in March, and virtually all airlines stopped flying to Yerevan and Gyumri by the beginning of this month. The latest government measure may therefore change little in practice.
According to the Foreign Ministry statement, the government expanded the travel ban on April 3 just before the spread of coronavirus in Armenia began slowing down.