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Update on COVID19 Prevention Methods in South America from Condor Travel. 

A message from Condor Travel

The current situation and preventive measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic are changing rapidly and constantly.

As we have been informing, in every country in our region, extraordinary measures are being taken to stop the virus’ outbreak. Many of the countries where we operate have prolonged their quarantines and implemented biosecurity protocols as well as economic reactivation plans that include the tourism sector.

Below, we detail the general information regarding our destinations, as of June 2nd, 2020. Please be reminded that you can always find up-to-date information about COVID-19, preventive measures and Condor Travel’s Biosecurity protocols in Condor's blog

A State of Health Emergency was declared from March 11th to June 30th.
During this period of time, every person that enters Peru will be put in quarantine for 14 days. 
All Peruvian borders are closed until further notice and a mandatory quarantine has been declared for the population of Peru starting Monday, March 16th until June 30th.
President Martin Vizcarra and his ministers presented a Post-COVID-19 plan to re-activate the economy, which comprises four phases. According to this plan, still subject to modifications, the first touristic attractions will start opening between July and August.
There is no official decree that states the date of reopening of international borders. Nevertheless, the Minister of Transport and Communications has declared to media that these will be re-opened at the end of the 4th phase, around October.
As a measure of reactivation and economic promotion of tourism, the government has decreed a waiver of admission fees for children up to 18 years of age, and adults over 60 years of age, both Peruvians or foreigners, to archaeological sites, museums, historical places and natural areas administered and / or protected by the State, that may be open to the public. This measure is effective from July 1st to December 31st, 2020 and includes attractions such as Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, among others.

The Government of Argentina issued a decree on Sunday, March 15th, agreeing to close all borders from 00:00 on Monday, March 16th. Borders will remain closed until further notice.
Buenos Aires, like other major cities, remains in strict quarantine until June 8th. The Governments of some provinces are gradually allowing the reopening of some industries and businesses with attention to the public.
The Argentine Government established that commercial airline operations may restart their sales and operations from September 1st, 2020.

Bolivia has entered a new stage of quarantine, making the rigid measures more flexible and dynamic. This means that work and commercial activities, as well as the mobility of people will be allowed again under limitations on the number of people and hours.
Local flights between cities will begin operating on June 3rd.
These measures may be reviewed and adjusted at any time as deemed necessary by local authorities.
International borders will remain closed, international flights suspended until further notice.

The Brazilian government prohibited the entry for all foreigners starting March 30th.
They have also closed land borders with 9 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, French Guyana, Guyana, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.
National Parks, tourist attractions and cultural activities remain closed or suspended throughout the country until June 25th.
The Brazilian Health Authority recommends the use of masks at all times and it has also become mandatory in public places and commercial establishments in major Brazilian cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Foz de Iguazú, São Paulo, Salvador, Manaus, Fortaleza, Recife, São Luiz do Maranhão and Brasilia.
Social isolation strategies are being applied independently in all states of the union, as determined by Local Governments (States), according to the availability or ICU beds, to guarantee universal and public health care for everybody.

Since March 18th, the Chilean Government declared a State of Constitutional Exception of Catastrophe for 90 days, to face the crisis unleashed by Covid-19, which brings with it the following measures:
- Closure of all maritime, air and land borders for the transit of foreigners. Only Chileans or local residents will be allowed to enter.
- Curfew in the entire national territory from 22:00 hrs until 05:00 the next day.
- Total quarantine in Santiago (all the communes). On June 3rd it would be defined if there is any commune out of the quarantine.
- Customs and Sanitary Cords have also been arranged in strategic areas of the country by the military forces, as a measure to control the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in the population and in Chilean territory.
- The Health Authority provided that all persons using public transport or private transport subject to payment must wear masks.

The National Parks and Protected Areas are closed to the public
From June 1st, operations will be restored at the country's airports with a limited capacity of flight frequencies.
The Galapagos Islands will open for tourism starting July 1st, 2020.
As of May 04, a color system (red, orange, green) has been implemented for the gradual reactivation of activities on each Municipality. Starting June 3rd, Quito will be coded as yellow.

Red light
All services made via call or on-line
Delivery services from 07h00 to 22h00
Taxi service from 05h00 to 22h00
Traffic restriction, only 1 day per week according to last digit of license. Total prohibition on weekends.
Curfew from 6 pm. to 5 am.

Yellow Light:
Public and private institutions with up to 50% of staff in person
Intercity transport at 30% capacity
Vehicle restriction according to last digit of plate, can circulate 2 days a week.
Stores allowed to open at 30% capacity
Private practice physicians allowed to work.
Curfew from 9 pm. to 5 am.

Green light:
Public and private institutions with up to 70% of staff in person.
Intercity transport at 50% capacity
Vehicle restriction according to last digit of plate, even and odd numbers.
Stores allowed to open at 50% capacity
Private practice physicians allowed to work.

As mentioned before, this information, will be updated on Condor's blog in real time.

As always, should you have any question or request, contact us on +44 (0) 1628 532020 or email .


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