Chile announces protocol for the entry of foreign tourists
The government is working on a strict protocol for the reopening of borders to tourists, a document that will be released next Monday, November 9
The Undersecretary of Public Health, Paula Daza, reported that, by mandate of President Sebastián Piñera, a strict protocol is being worked on for the reopening of borders to foreign tourists, a document that will be released next Monday, November 9. As explained by the health authority, this new protocol will meet “epidemiological criteria” that will allow foreigners to enter the country, a process that will be carried out “step by step”.
“We have learned that the pandemic has made us take very strict measures and one of them has been the closing of borders. We know the pain it has produced for people, couples and families who have not been able to meet again ”, added Daza.
The undersecretary of Tourism, José Luis Uriarte, commented that this document will allow to take another step in the opening of tourism and in the economic reactivation of the sector. "We are collaborating, together with the Foreign Ministry, in this protocol that was requested to the Ministry of Health by the President of the Republic and that will be governed by the same conditions that are governed by the national territory," he explained.
Uriarte added that “we have to be aware that in the short term the reactivation of tourism will be thanks to Chileans traveling through Chile and for this we are developing different promotions that allow us to encourage regional travel. For when the borders open, we have other ways to motivate tourists, first with countries that are closer and evaluating the sanitary condition of each place ”.
Step by Step Plan
Regarding the epidemiological situation of the country, the Minister of Health, Enrique Paris, commented that there is "significant concern for La Florida, San Joaquín, Quinta Normal and Lo Barnechea, which have had an increase in their cases", but stressed that the The number of critically ill patients (77) is the lowest number since May 4 of this year, calling on the public to continue taking the necessary safeguards to combat this pandemic.
The Undersecretary for Crime Prevention, Katherine Martorell, reported that from Monday, November 9 at 5:00 a.m., eight more communes of the Metropolitan Region will advance to Initial Opening: El Monte, Renca, Quilicura, Maipú, La Reina, Pudahuel , San José de Maipo and Recoleta.
In addition, the communes of Antofagasta, Mejillones (Region of Antofagasta), Curicó (Region of Maule), Teodoro Schmidt, Renaico, Ercilla, Loncoche and Pucón (Region of La Araucanía) will advance to Phase 3 of Preparation; while Puerto Saavedra will go to Transition from Monday, November 9.
Among other advances, Arica and Tomé stand out, who will come out of Quarantine to start Phase 2, of Transition.
However, this Thursday's report reported on some setbacks in the Step by Step Plan, involving Melipeuco, Traiguén and Curacautín (La Araucanía Region) that will go into Transition; and Lautaro, from the same region, which will begin the Quarantine from Saturday, November 7.
In addition, the communes of Valdivia and Futrono (Los Ríos Region), also go back to Quarantine starting this Saturday at 05:00 hours.
Covid-19 situation in the country
In the daily balance delivered by the Ministry of Health, 1,540 new cases of coronavirus were reported, totaling 516,582 people infected with Covid-19, of which 8,640 are active. The deceased reached 14,404 and 64 of them were reported in the last hours by the Department of Health Statistics and Information (DEIS).