Peru approves the protocol for adventure tourism, canoeing, hiking and high mountains
Thanks to this document, travel agencies that provide this type of service will be able to operate again
The restart of tourist activities is closer and closer, strictly complying with biosecurity protocols. For this reason, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) published in the Official Gazette El Peruano the "Sectorial Health Protocol for COVID-19 for adventure tourism, canoeing, hiking and high mountains."
This document was approved through Ministerial Resolution No. 211-2020-MINCETUR, and bears the signature of Minister Rocío Barrios.
The legal regulation updates the previously approved protocol (R.M. N ° 171-2020-MINCETUR). The central change is that high mountain activity is added.
Thanks to this document, travel agencies that provide this type of service will be able to operate again. For this, they must have registered the "Plan for the surveillance, prevention and control of COVID-19 at work", in accordance with the provisions of the R.M. N ° 448-2020 / MINSA and send it to the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is important to remember that, in addition to complying with the protocol, agencies must abide by the Safety Regulations for the Provision of the Adventure Tourism Service and the Tourist Rafting Regulations, as appropriate.
The "Sectorial Health Protocol for COVID-19 for adventure tourism, canoeing, hiking and high mountains" establishes a series of measures to safeguard the health of workers and users.
Thus, the document mainly comprises the preventive sanitary measures that must be applied before, during and at the end of the operation of these activities, as well as for the use and disinfection of the equipment and the conditions for the overnight stay in the field.
It should be noted that the draft protocol was prepared by Cenfotur, in coordination with representatives of the private sector, and reviewed by the Ministry of Health.
The Mincetur invokes regional and local governments to monitor compliance with the provisions contained in the protocol. As it is recalled, both the regional and local governments, according to their powers, are responsible for making the verifications and inspections. The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, through its "Safe Tourism" initiative, will provide support to the inspection work.