The Armenian government will temporarily suspend the visa-free regime for Iranians due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of Armenia, informed that the latest government decision will come to life within five days.
The temporary entry ban for Iranian citizens came after the first coronavirus case was marked on Sunday, when a citizen infected with coronavirus returned in Armenia from Iran, VisaGuide.World reports.
“Taking into account the epidemiological situation in our region, we have decided to prolong and heighten the restrictions in the direction of the Armenian-Iranian border communication. We will begin a process on temporarily restoring a visa regime with Iran, and the visa regime will come into force within five days,” the PM said.
He, however, did not mention an expiry date when his latest decision will be put to an end.
“We are in constant contact with our Iranian colleagues; we are offering our support to the good people and government of Iran in overcoming this difficult situation. We will support the friendly people and government of Iran as much as we can,” the PM further explained.
Last month Armenia announced that would repatriate dozens of its citizens from the country of Iran, known as one of the most affected countries with coronavirus, aside from China and South Korea.
Arsen Avagyan of the Armenian Foreign Ministry announced on February 26 that a scheduled flight will be charged to return dozens of Armenian citizens to their homeland.
Armenia’s PM made it clear that Iranian nationals will not be prevented from returning to their countries.
Pashiniani said that Armenian citizens are free to return to their homelands.
“We are talking about citizens of Iran who are currently in Armenia and Armenian citizens who are currently in Iran. They are free to return to their homelands,” Pashinian said.
However, the first coronavirus case in Armenia pushed the country to take prevention measures and tighten control.
From February 28, 2020, a total of 19 coronavirus cases have been exported from Iran to 11 other countries, the World Health Organization announces.
So far, Iran reported 107 deaths, as 591 new infections were reported lately, bringing the total up to 3,513.
The global death toll reached up to 96,000 cases, with China being the worst hit and reporting up to 80,000 confirmed cases.