Mongolia reopens its borders to vaccinated travelers » Capital News
Ulaanbaatar (AFP), February 15 – Mongolia has reopened its borders to fully vaccinated international travelers, state media reported, reversing coronavirus restrictions that had kept the country isolated for two years.
The country has implemented some of the strictest anti-Covid measures in the world since the start of the pandemic, largely closing its borders and imposing several closures.
The brakes hit its economy as businesses closed, exports plunged and hundreds of thousands of people faced precarious jobs.
Mongolia’s cabinet has approved a resolution downgrading pandemic “preparedness” from orange to yellow, lifting all restrictions on business operations, the official Montsame news agency reported on Monday.
The move means the country of three million “fully opens its borders to international travel,” Prime Minister Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene said, according to Montsame.
Stating that Mongolia is open to fully trapped tourists and investors, he reportedly said the government would “strive to create the necessary conditions to ensure the safety…of all those who come to the country for business and tourism purposes. “.
Oyun-Erdene’s predecessor resigned last year amid protests and public anger over the treatment of a coronavirus-positive woman and her newborn baby.
She had been transferred to a center for disease control in hospital pajamas and plastic slippers despite temperatures of minus 25 degrees Celsius.
An aggressive Covid vaccination campaign has since helped turn the tide, with 92% of Mongolian adults now fully vaccinated and more than half of targeted groups given a booster, according to Montsame.
Mongolia has recorded 885,000 coronavirus cases and more than 2,000 deaths during the pandemic, according to data from the World Health Organization.
The reopening of the border follows the easing of restrictions last month under orange and yellow preparedness levels.
Official advisories on wearing face masks, social distancing and hand sanitizing remain in place.