These 8 Countries Remain Untouched By Covid-19 Two Years On 

Two years on, eight countries have managed to stay away from the pandemic, reporting zero cases, and have remained largely untouched by the virus.

8 Countries have managed to stay away from the pandemic, reporting zero cases. (Photo: Envato)

CENTRAL Pacific Ocean’s independent island nation, Kiribati, just recorded its first case of COVID-19, joining the vast majority of the world’s countries that have been affected by the virus.

It’s been more than two years since the pandemic struck us, spreading like wildfire across the globe, mutating to emerge in the form of newer variants, and changing the definition of “normal”. 

Yet there are countries that have managed to stay away from the pandemic, reporting zero cases, and remained largely untouched by the virus, according to World Health Organisation.  

Here’s a look at the lucky countries that are still or claim to be Covid-19 free.

1. Turkmenistan 

Turkmenistan is a Central Asian republic bordering the Caspian Sea. (Photo: https://www.mfa.gov.tm/en)

Turkmenistan, a Central Asian republic bordering the Caspian Sea, is well-known for its archaeological sites. Since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, Turkmenistan in Central Asia is among the few countries that have not recorded any case of coronavirus infections. In early February 2020, Turkmenistan cancelled flights to China and other nations with high rates of Covid-19 infections.

It also diverted all incoming international flights to Turkmenabat, the country’s second-largest city where a special quarantine zone was created to check passengers for symptoms. Then, in March, 2020, the country reportedly closed most of its land borders as well to curb the entry of incoming passengers.

Except for repatriation flights, Turkmenistan has kept its borders closed. Citizens of the country coming back home are required to be completely vaccinated and Covid negative. All citizens above the age of 18 are required to receive two vaccinations under the country’s vaccination programme.

2. North Korea

North Korea claims that the country does not have a single person infected with the virus. (Photo: Twenty 20)

Being China’s neighbour, North Korea closed its borders on January 21, 2020, and hasn’t re-opened since. The country then implemented strict measures for nationals and foreigners coming into the country, including a quarantine period for more than a month. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un claims that the country does not have a single person infected with the virus.

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Experts, however, have largely been skeptical about the country being untouched by the virus, and even about the country’s official statistics, with some believing that it could have had cases in March, or even earlier.

3. Tuvalu

Tuvalu is one of the least visited countries in the world. (Photo: timelesstuvalu.com)

Another country on the list is this Oceanian one, where all travel is prohibited, and borders are closed. Tuvalu sees less than 200 tourists per year making it one of the least visited countries in the world. 

In April 2021, it implemented its vaccination strategy and distributed a large number of doses across the country. Experts say that this has probably been a massive help in preventing an outbreak in this country with a very small population. 

4. Nauru

Nauru is a tiny island northeast of Australia. It is situated 42 kilometres south of the equator. (Photo: http://naurugov.nr/)

Nauru is a small island nation located northeast of Australia in Micronesia.  Last year, the country, which has a population of 10,834, reported 100 per cent vaccination. With effect from December 31, 2021, travel guidelines to this Oceanian country had been modified to accept fully-vaccinated visitors. Along with Tuvalu, Nauru holds the record for being one of the least-visited countries in the world. 

5. Niue

Niue is a small island nation in the South Pacific Ocean. (Photo: niueisland.com)

Niue is located in the middle of the South Pacific between Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands in a triangle. Niue was even supported by New Zealand in its fight against Covid-19.

The majority of foreign nationals are still barred from entering Niue. Before entering the country, non-resident essential workers must obtain official authorisation. 

6. Pitcairn Islands

The Pitcairn Islands are in the Southern Pacific Ocean. (Photo: https://www.visitpitcairn.pn/)

The Pitcairn Islands is a group of four volcanic islands in the southern Pacific Ocean that form the sole British Overseas Territory in the Pacific Ocean.The Pitcairn Islands, has not reported even a single Covid-19 case. All 47 residents of the islands have received both the doses of the vaccine. After nearly two years of lockdown, these islands will reopen to foreign travellers on March 31, 2022.

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7. Micronesia

Micronesia is made up of more than 600 islands. (Photo: micronesiatour.com)

Micronesia is a subregion of Oceania, consisting of thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. Micronesia is made up of more than 600 islands. The country has received support from WHO, as well as countries like the United States, China and Japan in keeping the country Covid-19 free. 

8. Tokelau

Tokelau has the fourth-smallest population of any sovereign state or dependency in the world. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Tokelau is a dependent territory of New Zealand in the southern Pacific Ocean. Tokelau has a population of approximately 1,350 people. According to WHO’s data, Tokelau has also managed to stay away from the grip of the pandemic.