Mongolia had implemented some of the strictest COVID-19 measures, and now, more than two years into the pandemic, it is finally open for tourists. By Anushka Goel
State media reported that Mongolia reopened its borders for fully vaccinated passengers on February 14, Monday. The country rolled back all the curbs that had kept it cut off from the rest of the world for two years, reports Channel News Asia.
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Ever since the pandemic began, the country had implemented some of the strictest measures for protection against COVID-19. These included sealing off its international borders and implementing lockdowns, reports nation.com. Prime Minister L.Oyun-Erdene, in his address, announced that the Cabinet had approved a resolution to downgrade the level of restrictions from “orange to yellow”, reports the country’s news agency Montsame. This, along with the lifting of the curbs in January, has removed restrictions on business operations as well.
This comes as an important step since Mongolia’s economy has been affected ever since the lockdowns and isolations were imposed, putting a pause to exports and threatening the employment of many. This new move means that the country is fully open for international travel, and the Oyun-Erdene assured people that “The government, administrative bodies, private entities, and tourism companies of Mongolia will put all efforts into creating necessary conditions that ensure safety and provide smooth services for those arriving in the country for business and tourism,” writes Montsame.
92 percent of Mongolia’s adult population has been vaccinated against COVID-19, while 52 percent of the target group has received their third jab, writes the media house. Additionally, the country has also administered the fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 90,000 citizens, which means that the risk of transfer of the virus is quite reduced among its citizens. This was a major reason for the reopening of tourism and to ease the pandemic-induced restrictions.
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