Additional health measures in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak

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Announcement Displayed From : Thursday, November 19, 2020 – 20:36

Official statements by States Parties to the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR)

On 30 January 2020, the Director-General determined that the outbreak of 2019-nCoV, constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and issued Temporary Recommendations[1]. On 11 March 2020 the Director-General characterized the COVID-19 situation as a pandemic[2]. Following the 5th IHR Emergency Committee for COVID-19 on 29 October 2020, the Director-General confirmed that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to constitute a PHEIC and issued the following Temporary Recommendations for States Parties in relation to International Traffic:

  • Regularly re-consider measures applied to international travel in compliance with Article 43 of the IHR (2005) and continue to provide information and rationales to WHO on measures that significantly interfere with international traffic. Ensure that measures affecting international traffic (including targeted use of diagnostics and quarantine) are risk-based, evidence-based, coherent, proportionate and time limited. 
  • Continue to strengthen capacity at points of entry to manage potential risks of cross-border transmission and to facilitate international contact tracing. In line with provisions of Article 43, WHO is sharing the information officially provided to WHO by States Parties and, since 12 March 2020 also information published by country government websites to reduce the gap between the information reported through the IHR mechanism and the one published by countries on official sources.

As of 20 November 2020, there has been no new State Party that reported on additional health measures that significantly interfere with international traffic since the last announcement published on 13 November 2020. A total of 194 out of 196 States Parties reported to date with Mexico and Nicaragua not reporting any measure.

Moreover, 22 countries provided updates to their previously implemented measures. The distribution by WHO Regions is as follows: AFR: 0 (0 updates), AMR: 0 (0 updates), EMR: 0 (0 updates), EUR: 0 (21 updates), SRO: 0 (1 updates), WPR: 0 (0 updates). See table 1.

Regional links below provide for more details on the measures. The information is divided by region, cumulative since the beginning of the EIS updates on travel measures and by country in alphabetical order. Text highlighted in red represents updates to the previously published EIS.

Table 1. States Parties that provided WHO with official reports on additional health measures that significantly interfere with international traffic under Article 43 of the IHR (2005) as of 6 November 2020

Quarantine Unit
Co-National Focal Point of International Health Regulations (IHR)-2005
Ministry of Health
Sri Lanka
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Author: SLCM