On 19 February, 2020 the US Embassy in Turkmenistan disseminated the report on the epidemiological situation in Turkmenistan.
“The U.S. Embassy is not aware of any known cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Turkmenistan. However, the Government of Turkmenistan has announced that citizens of all countries in which there are confirmed cases of COVID-19, or travelers who have recently visited a country with confirmed cases—which includes the United States—will be subject to initial medical examination at border checkpoints and ports of entry, and may be required to undergo additional medical screening and possibly quarantine for an unspecified period of time before being allowed into the country. Travelers will be required to pay for any medical tests and procedures”, – the report says.
The U.S. Embassy recommends that its citizens “decline any invasive medical procedures, such as blood draws, as we cannot guarantee that all medical protocols comply with U.S. standards”.
Travelers should be prepared for changes in screening and quarantine practices to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.
“Due to the possibility of quarantine for an unspecified period of time, the Embassy strongly recommends that travelers carry additional supplies of necessary medication in carry-on luggage as well as key contact information such as local tour operator telephone numbers. Travelers may not have access to checked luggage”, – the press release says.
Despite the fact that the authorities of Turkmenistan say that “the public health and epidemiological situation in the country is stable”, measures are being undertaken to combat the spread of the virus. Information brochures are being disseminated in Ashgabat and chefs servicing the festivities are obliged to undergo medical checks. Turkmenistan nationals arriving from China are forcibly sent to the quarantine camping site in Lebap velayat.
“Chronicles of Turkmenistan” posted an article “Turkmen medicine is combatting coronavirus” devoted to the state of domestic healthcare.