As a result of the deterioration of the security situation of Armenia on the border with Azerbaijan, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has presented travel advisories for some parts of Armenia.
Through a statement issued on September 16, the Ministry also emphasized that during the last week, there have been military clashes in several places in Armenia, especially along the state border with Azerbaijan and the central and southern parts of the border on the Armenian side, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
According to the Ministry, this situation is still very unclear, and in response, it has set the following travel tips:
- Advises against all travel to the regions of Syunik, Vayots Dzor and Gegharkunik
- Advises against all travel to areas closer than five kilometres from the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan
Currently, the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan is closed. However, during the last 12 months, many cases of military clashes across the border have resulted in several deaths and casualties. On September 13, 2022, there were reports of military attacks against Armenian military targets in Jermuk, Vardenis, Sotk, Sisian and Kapan.
The Armenian government has lifted the state of military emergency declared in 2020 following the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. However, areas around military bases and installations should still be avoided.
There are unmarked landmines in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia, and Azerbaijan areas, and professional safety advice should be taken.
In addition, petty crime, such as pickpocketing and car theft, is common, and caution should be exercised on trains to and from Georgia. Armenia is also known as an active earthquake zone where landslides can occur.
Previously, Norway has lifted travel advisories to Egypt’s South Sinai Region, but the government still advises against travel to North Sinai and areas bordering Libya.
As the Ministry explains, the travel advice for Egypt was also changed in 2019 due to the high risk of terrorism and lack of social unrest in some parts of the country.
In this regard, the Ministry said that the decision is almost justified because the security situation in Egypt is gradually improving.
In addition, the authorities in Norway have also removed advice against any travel to Sri Lanka that is not strictly necessary.
Considering that the state of emergency in Sri Lanka was lifted on August 18, now the security situation in this country is more stable.
On the other hand, the Ministry added that despite the fact that the security situation has improved in the country, there are still challenges regarding the supply of fuel and medicine in Sri Lanka.