Turkmenistan is gradually easing COVID-19 restrictions, despite the fact that it is the only country on the continent that has not acknowledged the presence of coronavirus. The three-week quarantine for foreign immigrants is no longer in effect. Flights between the two nations have been paused.
The Turkmenistan Emergency Commission to Combat Disease Spread has abolished the obligation for enforced quarantine while returning from abroad. Instead, visitors will be isolated at home for seven days, while business travellers will be isolated for three days.
The decision was taken on May 25 as a result of a better global epidemiological condition.
According to the publication, anyone crossing the Turkmen border in May or June must spend 14 days in designated sanitary zones.
On June 2 and 3, two special Turkmen Airlines “Boeing 737-800” planes are planned to arrive in Turkmenabad. The arrivals will be quarantined for 14 days by the Road Transport Authority, which is overseen by the Khyakimlik of Lebapa velayat. 72 Turkmen citizens will be permitted to cross the border by June 6. They’ll travel back to Serakhs and be quarantined for 14 days.
Early in May, the Turkmen government eased coronavirus-related prohibitions. According to sources, flights to two international destinations will restart on July 1, and the mask requirement will be partially relaxed.
Beginning June 1, masks will be needed in enclosed areas and vehicles, but not in open air, according to a May 6 notice. On June 1, weekly international flights to the United Arab Emirates and Frankfurt, Germany will begin. The National Tourist Zone “Avaza” will also open for the summer season on May 15.
Yesterday was the first anniversary of the June 1st mask ban. This information was discussed at several hotels. An Azatlyk journalist stated on May 30 that masks should be worn in public. Many people believe the police will continue to penalise the public because the new standards are unclear.
The people wore masks for two years. To punish even minor mask violations, the police conducted systematic sweeps on the streets, in public transportation, and in institutions and schools. “Improper” mask wearers were imprisoned, fined, or forced to harvest cotton and beets.
The Turkmen government decided to lift the restrictions after reviewing WHO studies and media coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The relaxation of coronavirus limitations in Turkmenistan coincided with the start of summer in Avaza. The national resort’s reopening was recently announced to government personnel. Avaza vouchers were required for state employees in Lebap velayat. According to Azatlyk’s eastern correspondents, refusing to buy vouchers can lead to dismissal.
During the coronavirus outbreak, Turkmenistan conducted a full lockdown three times, forbidding trade, service, and entertainment companies. Since the spring of 2020, international aircraft transportation has been completely ceased, domestic flights have been severely hampered, and railway communication has been completely stopped. Residents must provide certificates, exams, and a rationale for relocating across regions. The freedom to move is still restricted. According to the government, no cases of COVID-19 have been documented in Turkmenistan. 25,000 individuals have died as a result of the coronavirus, according to Turkmen health sources.