ARMENIA DOWNGRADES COUNTRY'S STATE OF EMERGENCY SEPTEMBER 11, EXTENDS SOME CORONAVIRUS DIESEASE-RELATED RESTRICTIONS UNTIL JANUARY 11, 2021. LAND BORDERS REMAIN CLOSED TO FOREIGNERS EXCEPT FOR FREIGHT TRANSPORT, DIPLOMATS, AND THEIR FAMILIES, AS WELL AS THOSE ATTENDING A FUNERAL OF A CLOSE RELATIVE. PRIVATE GATHERINGS, INCLUDING POLITICAL DEMONSTRATIONS, OF UP TO 40 INDIVIDUALS, ARE ALLOWED. OUT-OF-COUNTRY ARRIVING TRAVELERS ARE STILL REQUIRED TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS; HOWEVER, INDIVIDUALS MAY TAKE A COVID-19 TEST AFTER ARRIVING AND END SELF-ISOLATING EARLY, IF THE RESULTS COME BACK NEGATIVE.
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Because everyone’s health is unique, we suggest seeking the advice of a medical professional before traveling internationally. Members of the campus community interested in protecting their health while abroad may schedule an appointment with the University Health Services International Travel.
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate them, even unknowingly, you may be arrested or imprisoned. Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law.
Please review the State Department’s page on Arrests or Detention of U.S Citizens Abroad. In addition, many people accused of crimes are held in local prisons in pretrial detention for between two and twelve months without the possibility of posting bail while waiting for a court hearing.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. Possession, trafficking, or the uses of drugs, including marijuana, are illegal. A prescription for medical marijuana will not protect you from prosecution. If you are arrested for a drug offense, you could face detention during the investigation and a prison sentence after conviction. There have been recent cases where electronic cigarettes and related paraphernalia have been perceived as drug related. In these cases, arrestees often have been held without bail until forensic tests clear them.
LGBTI Travelers: There are no antidiscrimination laws protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals in Armenia. There are no hate crime laws or other criminal judicial mechanisms to aid in the prosecution of crimes against members of the LGBTI community. Because of commonly held negative stereotypes, LGBTI individuals face the potential of discrimination and harassment by state and private actors. The Department of State’s 2017 Human Rights Report documents that both politicians and the media engaged in “hate speech” toward members of the LGBTI community in Armenia, and that members of the LGBTI community experienced physical violence, threats of violence, blackmail, and harassment. Police were unresponsive to reports of abuses against the LGBTI community and at times, themselves mistreated LGBTI persons.