Coronavirus: Peru's migration office implements prevention protocol at checkpoints

15:13 | Lima, Mar. 5.

National Superintendence of Migration is implementing a protocol for prevention of coronavirus (COVID-19) at all immigration checkpoints across the country, in coordination with the Ministry of Health (Minsa) and as part of the measures taken to address the global health emergency declared by the World Health Organization (WHO).

In order to monitor the implementation of the planned measures, Migration Superintendent Roxana del Aguila visited the institution's facilities within the Jorge Chavez International Airport building, where she verified the protocol's compliance.

As contemplated in the protocol, those coming from places with identified cases, but showing no symptoms, are referred to the medical staff available at the office.

Once there, the health personnel check the passengers and ask them to provide some personal information to activate surveillance in the coming days.

In the case of passengers who show symptoms on the flight, there is a protocol —established by the International Health Directorate and Lima Airport Partners (LAP)— for the transfer of these people to isolated areas, where they will receive special care. 

Similarly, if a ship arrives at Callao Port, the International Health staff determines if the inspection conditions are met or not and if passengers need to be isolated.

Moreover, the immigration inspectors at checkpoints are obliged to wear face masks and special gloves while attending domestic and foreign travelers who enter the country through different points.

Minsa —through its Regional Health Directorates— has trained immigration inspectors across the country in order to implement preventive measures during the control and registration of Peruvian and foreign nationals crossing border checkpoints.


Published: 3/5/2020