– Coronavirus pandemic: eSwatini to close its ports of entry for travel!

The Kingdom of eSwatini is set to introduce a 20-day partial lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Effective 27 March 2020, people in eSwatini will not be allowed to leave their homes except to buy food, medical supplies, make use of banking services or seek medical attention. Non-essential travel between towns, cities and regions in eSwatini is also not permitted, except for medical reasons or to provide or acquire essential services. The army and the police will be deployed to ensure compliance with all these measures. Chiefs and traditional authorities will take a leading role in enforcing these measures in their communities.
Following the announcement by the South African Government of a lockdown, only goods and cargo as well as returning citizens and legal residents will be allowed to enter eSwatini through the country’s border crossing points. Returning citizens and residents of eSwatini will be subjected to a mandatory 14 days quarantine at designated locations except for those who are able to self-isolate. Foreign nationals coming from “high-risk countries are already restricted from entering eSwatini until further notice since eSwatini declared National Emergency in response to the coronavirus panedemic on 17 March 2020.

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