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Armenia Travel Restrictions 

Armenia Travel Restrictions Coronavirus Lockdown

Lockdown 2020.03.17

On March 16, 2020, the Armenian government announced a state of emergency that will last until 5PM on April 14th. The following restrictions will apply to international travels:

1. Entry Ban on Foreigners from Certain Countries

Foreigners who have visited the following 41 countries with "tense epidemic" situation within the last 14 days are not allowed to enter Armenia:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China
  • Georgia
  • EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden)
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Norway
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United States of America
  • United Kingdom

There are certain exceptions for lawful residents, family members of Armenian citizens, diplomatic staff and other categories, as explained below.

2. Lawful Residents Allowed

The governmental decree makes an exception for "persons entitled to reside in the Republic of Armenia on legal grounds." This exception should apply to all holders of Armenian residence permits (temporary and permanent residence cards, special passports) as well as foreigners with refugee status in Armenia. Their right to entry is not restricted even if they are coming from countries or territories with "tense epidemic situation."

3. Family Members of Armenian Citizens Allowed

The governmental decree makes an exception for "family members" of Armenian citizens. While the term "family member" is not defined presumably it covers the spouse, the parents and the sons and daughters of an Armenian citizen. Their right to entry is not restricted even if they are coming from countries or territories with "tense epidemic situation."

4. Diplomatic Staff and Other Exceptions

Entry to Armenia is allowed to foreigners entering the country to attend the funeral of a family member (spouse, parent, son, daughter, sibling) representatives of diplomatic and consular offices, international organizations and their family members, members of official delegations, airplane crew members, Russian border guard and military personnel and their family members. Their right to entry is not restricted even if they are coming from countries or territories with "tense epidemic situation." Other exemptions justified by social or economic reasons may be granted by the head of the Border Guard Service on a case-by-case basis, with the consent of deputy PM Tigran Avinyan who acts as the commandant.

5. Land Borders Are Closed 

Armenia's land borders with Georgia and Iran are closed for travelers.

6. Quarantine 

Armenian nationals and foreigners entering Armenia will be hospitalized if they have fever (37 C or higher) or other symptoms. Travelers who have been in Italy for the last 14 days are subject mandatory quarantine in a medical institution for 14 days. Traveler who have been in any other country with "tense epidemic situation" are required to stay at home for 14 days. 

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Nerses Isajanyan

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LL.M. Georgetown University
New York Bar | Armenian Chamber of Advocates

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