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Peru: Travelers visiting provinces as final destinations to quarantine in those areas

Photo: ANDINA/Ministry of Health of Peru

Photo: ANDINA/Ministry of Health of Peru

16:51 | Lima, Jan. 5.

Travelers arriving at Lima International Airport, and who intend to stay in a Peruvian province, must comply with the mandatory 14-day quarantine in the final destination of their trip instead of in the capital city of Lima, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) announced on Tuesday.

This measure has been taken following the balance of the first day of compliance with Supreme Decree No. 207-2020-PCM, which obliges all travelers arriving in Peru —both nationals and foreigners— to quarantine in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 contagion nationwide.

"Within the traceability conducted yesterday, we determined that around 30 passengers —of the 180 who arrive on each flight— have a province as their final destination. If we do the math with this evidence and multiply it by 34 daily flights, in 10 days we would have 10,200 passengers quarantining in Lima, although the Pan American Village has merely 1,600 beds available," Rigoberto Robles, International Health Department Chief at Callao Region's Health Directorate, told Andina news agency.

"Operationally, this measure cannot be fulfilled," he added.

Given this situation, it has been determined that travelers mandatorily quarantine in their final destinations, strictly complying with the recommendations of the Ministry of Health.

"The recommendation being given now is that, after having arrived in Lima, passengers must continue to generate their protection bubble, with the correct use of a face mask, (physical) distancing, and hand washing, so that once they have reached the final destination, they can properly settle in and quarantine for 14 days," he noted.


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Published: 1/5/2021
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