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CERBA Official Statement 

Re: CERBA operations in March – May 2020

CERBA statement

Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

CERBA as an official service provider and as the Canadian secretariat for the Kazakhstan Canada Business Council (KCBC) and Canada Russia Business Council (RCBC) holds a great responsibility and primarily cares for the safety of its members and partners. 

After thoughtful consideration and observation of all official statements recently issued by the Governments of CERBA mandate countries in relation to the current Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic,  we have decided to postpone all the planned activities and public events that  require any international travels to and from Canada during the period of March-May 2020 or until further notice in all CERBA Chapters to support the measures taken by the governments to prevent further pandemic development. 

We nevertheless would like to assure you that CERBA will continue to operate and provide regular services to all its members and partners. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your local Regional Directors with any questions or enquires.

CERBA Contacts:

CERBA Events:

We hope for a rapid resolution of the situation and we will continue to regularly update you about our upcoming developments and events. 

Sincerely yours,  

Gilles Breton

Chairman of the Board 

Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA)

 Official links and the latest updates regarding the COVID-19 restrictions 

in CERBA mandate countries.


Effective March 18, 2020 (12am) government closes borders to all Foreign Nationals.

It is decided to temporarily restrict non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border as well. Travelers will no longer be permitted to cross the border for recreation and tourism. The start date will be announced soon. Self- isolation is recommended to everyone entering Canada. Lockdowns are in effect across the country for courts, schools, offices, bars and more.

Canada coronavirus 

Official Global Travel Advisory

Ontario Emergency Information

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

COVID-19: What you should know

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump

Prime Minister outlines Canada’s COVID-19 response

Government of Canada takes action on COVID-19

Pandemic COVID-19 all countries: avoid non-essential travel outside Canada

Ontario Stopping the spread of COVID-19

Situation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Québec

Canada Economic Response Plan

Prime Minister announces more support for workers and businesses through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan


March 30: 26 regions of Russia introduced a regime of self-isolation

Following Moscow, another 24 regions of Russia introduced a regime of self-isolation due to the COVID-19. Residents are allowed to leave the house only for food, medicine, for walking pets or to take out trash. You are also allowed to leave your home to go to work (if you are required to go to work). More info

March 30: Moscow and the Moscow Region introduced a regime of self-isolation

On 29 March, the mayor of Moscow and the Governor of the Moscow region announced a number of measures that severely restrict movement in Moscow and the Moscow region. More info

March 30: Russia completely closes borders due to coronavirus

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin instructed to temporarily restrict traffic through road, rail, pedestrian, river and mixed border checkpoints across the Russian border, as well as through the land section of the border with Belarus from March 30 due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. More info

March 26 UPDATE: Russia will halt all international flights from midnight on Friday (Mar 27) under a government decree listing new measures to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. The decree published on Thursday orders aviation authorities to halt all regular and charter flights, with the exception of special flights evacuating Russian citizens from abroad. If you were intending to travel in the next few days please consult your airline.

New restrictions introduced by the Moscow city and Moscow region on March 25-26

Clarifications: Entry of Foreign Citizens to the territory of the Russian Federation and obtaining a Work Permit (March 26, 2020)

Recommendations to employees and employers in connection with the decree of the President of the Russian Federation of March 25, 2020 No. 206 " on declaring non-working days in the Russian Federation»

RF President Vladimir Putin addressed the nation on the coronavirus pandemic on March 25, 2020, announcing postponement of a planned April 22 vote on constitutional changes, a week-long paid national holiday March 30 – April 5, and a package of measures to support the Russian economy and businesses. More info

Key measures in Russia for COVID 19 pandemic prevention as of Wednesday 25th of March 2020

Visa extension for foreign citizens on the territory of the Russian Federation (March 19. 2020)

Migration situation in Russia as of March 18, 2020

The Embassy of the Russian Federation in Canada

Temporary restriction of entry of foreign citizens and stateless persons to the Russian Federation

The Embassy of Canada in the Russian Federation

The Embassy of Canada Alert on COVID-19 situation

Additional links:

Gowling WLG

COVID-19 Raises Cybersecurity Risks


Moscow has approved priority measures to support businesses

Russian government’s anti-crisis plan – detailed chronology

Russia's days-off March 30 - April 5- what it means for your business_ _ SCHNEIDER GROUP

High alert mode in Moscow because of the coronavirus—what to do?

Intermark Relocation

COVID-19: Quarantine in Moscow and Moscow Region

Coronavirus in CIS: Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan Updates

COVID-19 IN RUSSIA: Entry ban for foreigners in action

Bellerage Alinga

Suspension of courts and inspections work

The Russian Government

Governmental decree No. 635-р dated 16 March, 2020

Operational meeting with Deputy Prime Ministers

The first meeting of the Coordination Council under the Government to combat the spread of new coronavirus infection in the Russian Federation

Meeting of the Presidium of the Government Coordination Council to control the incidence of the novel coronavirus infection in the Russian Federation

Moscow Mayor's Office

Strengthening Measures to Combat the Epidemic

Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation

COVID-19, visa extension for foreign citizens on the territory of the Russian Federation

Clarification of the Procedure for Issuing Visas for Foreign Citizens


News about the coronavirus

Isolation regime act

Measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19


Uzbekistan suspends flights to several countries amid COVID-19 outbreak. Starting March 16, restrictions on entry into the territory of Uzbekistan by foreign travelers are in place. Citizens of Uzbekistan can come back to the homeland, but there is a temporary ban imposed on Uzbek citizens for traveling outside the state. Universities, schools, kindergartens throughout the country are closed due to the threat of the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

Coronavirus Uzbekistan

COVID-19 News

National Leadership on COVID-19

COVID-19 medical call center

Press conference on COVID-19


The state of emergency in the Republic of Kazakhstan was introduced at 8 am on March 16, 2020 and will end allegedly on April 15, 2020 at 7 am. During the state of emergency, a restriction on entry and exit through the border for the citizens of Kazakhstan and foreign citizens is in place. Large trade companies, shopping and entertainment centers and other facilities with massive crowd of people are suspended.



Air travel to/from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau has been suspended until March 30. Schools, universities, cinemas and entertainment centers are closed, public events are prohibited, bars and restaurants reduced their operating hours during the same period.



Republic of Belarus has a number of cases of COVID-19, but the border remains open. Schools, malls and all other organizations remain open. Self-isolation is recommended to everyone entering the country. Information on preventative measures is widely available.



On March 21, the government of Georgia declared a state of emergency in the country, which will last until April 21. Curfew and quarantine have not yet been established anywhere except in the Marneuli and Bolnisi districts. Meetings of more than 10 people are prohibited in the country, except for transport, medical and public institutions.

Since March 18, Georgia has closed its borders to foreigners for two weeks, except in special cases. As for the land borders, since March 14, Georgia has closed the borders with Azerbaijan and Armenia for 10 days. On March 15, the Sarpi checkpoint on the Georgian-Turkish border was suspended. Since March 16, the movement of citizens between Georgia and Russia has also been temporarily stopped.

Georgia has completely stopped air traffic since March 21. Only flights that are performed by Georgian airlines and coordinated with the government of Georgia are operated. All citizens who arrive in the country will be placed on a mandatory two-week quarantine.

From March 24, railway and bus services were stopped. Restrictions do not apply to freight transport. Following intercity road and rail passenger transportation, all domestic flights are also canceled.

Since March 20, all shopping facilities in the country have been temporarily closed. Allowed to work are pharmacies, grocery stores, pet stores, warehouses, agricultural markets, animal markets, stores that sell fertilizers, home appliance stores, and gas stations. In addition, bakeries, slaughterhouses and other food production facilities will continue to operate. Cafes and restaurants are allowed to work only for take-out.

Public land transport continues to operate in the cities of Georgia, as well as the metro in Tbilisi.

More info


Since March 24, a special quarantine regime has been introduced in Azerbaijan until April 20 due to the coronavirus. Зersons over 65 years of age are not allowed to leave the house. Single persons in this category will be taken into custody by social services.

In Baku, Sumgayit and Absheron districts, entry and exit of vehicles is restricted, with the exception of ambulances, trucks and vehicles of rescue and emergency services.

Regardless of the form of ownership, passenger transportation between cities and regions of the country is stopped.  Сitizens from abroad can arrive to Azerbaijan within 14-21 days on a certain schedule. Preference will first be given to families with young children, the elderly, and people who need medical care. Those who arrive will be quarantined.

Baku Transport Agency introduces special Express bus routes between metro stations from 06: 00 to 22: 00. Passengers are advised to minimize metro travel and use ground transportation.

It is forbidden to gather in public places in groups of more than 10 people. Citizens are advised to keep a two-meter distance between themselves. Catering facilities are open from 12: 00 to 15: 00, home delivery and online orders are allowed. All shopping centers are closed, except for those where supermarkets, pharmacies, and grocery stores operate.

The Ministry of internal Affairs is responsible for monitoring compliance with the requirements of the special quarantine regime.

More info


At the moment, no cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the Republic. A special headquarters has been set up in the country to counter the spread of coronavirus and the following measures have been taken:

Checks in arrival zones: medics work at all checkpoints in Tajikistan, including airports. Everyone who arrives in Tajikistan by land or air is checked with a thermal imager. Visitors from countries with the highest number of infected people are quarantined for 14 days.

Air traffic has been disrupted and land borders have been closed: flights from Tajikistan to China, Afghanistan and Iran have been temporarily suspended. Tajikistan's land links with China and Afghanistan are also closed. Cargo is also not allowed.

Recommendations to airlines: the Civil Aviation Agency of Tajikistan has sent recommendations to airlines that fly to Tajikistan not to sell tickets to those who plan to come to the country from Italy, Iran, Afghanistan, China and South Korea. Previously, this list included 35 countries, but the order was canceled a day later.

Recommendations to travel companies: the Committee for tourism development of Tajikistan recommended that domestic travel companies temporarily refuse to organize both domestic and foreign tours.

Allowed to close mosques: the Ulema Council of Tajikistan has issued a fatwa that allows the mosques to be closed in order to prevent the potential spread of coronavirus.

Holidays and marches were canceled: in Tajikistan, the official theatrical performance in honor of Navruz was canceled. There will also be no mass celebrations and sports events that are held annually throughout the country during the holiday week. The solemn event in honor of Navruz with the participation of the President in Khujand will be held with a limited number of guests.

Also, the Ministry of Education and Science decided to temporarily cancel marches in preparation for the celebration of Navruz and the 30th anniversary of independence of Tajikistan.

More info


To date, no cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded on the territory of the Republic. The country is taking precautionary measures to prevent infection, which is why checks at all border checkpoints have been strengthened, and an operational headquarters has been set up in the Ministry of Health. Sanitary and quarantine control has been strengthened at all checkpoints on the state border, and special attention has been paid to tightening control over agricultural products imported into the country.

Thermal imagers have been installed at airports in Bishkek and Osh to check for the presence of the virus. Sanitary control points have been set up at 22 checkpoints on the borders with neighboring states. Since January 23, air, road and rail connections with China have been completely suspended. The authorities increased control in places of mass presence, citizens are recommended to wear medical masks and comply with sanitary and hygienic standards.  More than 100 thousand special brochures with information about the prevention of acute respiratory infections have been printed. They are distributed to passengers arriving in the country, and to the general public.

More info


On March 16, a state of emergency was introduced in Armenia, which will last at least until April 14.

Citizens of Armenia and members of their families who are not citizens of Armenia are allowed to enter Armenia through the land border; also allowed are those arriving to Armenia on an official visit, accompanying persons, diplomats and members of their families.

The entry of non-citizens of Armenia who come from countries considered to be at high epidemiological risk is prohibited. The exceptions are diplomats, representatives of international organizations and their family members.

Classes in all kindergartens, schools, universities, and other educational institutions (sports, music, and so on) have been suspended for the duration of the emergency state. It is forbidden to operate catering facilities, as well as large shopping centers.

Rallies and mass gatherings are prohibited, as well as strikes and events involving 20 or more people. All medical institutions will operate in accordance with the instructions of the Minister of Health.

It is prohibited to organize, conduct, or participate in public events.

The export of essential goods is controlled by the Ministers of Economy and Health.

Restrictions on the entry to Armenia by air are being increased. Armenian citizens who are in countries at risk (according to the list approved by the Minister of health) must return home by March 17. Further, entry from these countries is prohibited. Exceptions are made for diplomats and representatives of international organizations, as well as for cases determined by the authorities.

When entering the country, citizens are immediately examined, and if necessary – isolated, hospitalized or given instructions about self-isolation.

On the instructions of the commandant of the state of emergency, restrictions on entry and exit may also be applied in certain localities, with the exception of food supplies and basic necessities.

To ensure the state of emergency, checkpoints and inspection points can be established, where doctors will examine people, and employees of the state Service for food safety – the condition of goods.

More info


A state of emergency was introduced by the Parliament of Moldova on March 17, 2020, indicating the country’s borders are closed for foreign citizens. In a statement on the website of the Government, President Igor Dodon announced that restrictive measures would last until May 15, but "depending on the development of events, the duration of the emergency can be shortened."


  • Persons with diplomatic accreditation;
  • Persons holding a residence permit in Moldova

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your local Regional Directors with any questions or enquires.

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