COVID-19 Update 11/6/20
We’re sure you are all aware of the current situation with COVID-19 and how it is affecting things on a global scale. You may have already wondered if this will impact your trip and what Inca Link is doing in relationship to the virus. We wanted to take a few minutes and share with you how we are responding to this growing situation.
First, we want you to know that we take the safety of our teams, interns and staff seriously as we monitor situations around the world. This includes:
- Checking the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and each country’s US embassy websites on a daily basis.
- Active cases in each of our countries.
- The country’s response and any actions or policies that are implemented.
- Airline routes that potentially travel through highly infected areas.
Here is the most up to date information on each of our countries:
- Colombia: Limited international flights have resumed to eight of Colombia’s busiest airports: Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin (Rionegro), Cali, Barranquilla, Armenia, Pereira, and Bucaramanga. Colombia’s land and water borders remain closed until at least November 30. As of November 5, arriving passengers are no longer required to obtain a negative COVID test to enter Colombia. However, passengers must complete Migracion Colombia’s Check-Mig immigration form and follow other protocols upon arrival.
- Peru: At this time we have not received information from the Peruvian government that would suggest travelers from the United States will be barred from entering Peru from one of the countries from which flights are now resuming. To enter Peru, passengers on commercial flights must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result conducted within 72 hours of departure; a serology test will not be accepted. In addition, passengers must complete an electronic Affidavit of Health and Geolocation Authorization administered by Migraciones.
- Ecuador: All travelers arriving in Ecuador should provide proof of a negative COVID PCR test taken no more than ten (10) days before entering the country. As long as the traveler does not present symptoms of COVID, the traveler does not need to perform mandatory preventive quarantine (“aislamiento preventativo obligatorio”, or APO) and they may freely move within the continental territory of Ecuador.
- Honduras: The Honduran government announced the resumption of domestic flights on Monday, August 10, and international flights on Monday, August 17. The Government of Honduras extended the National Curfew until November 8 at 11:00 p.m.
- Costa Rica: As of November 1, 2020, U.S. citizens from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. can enter Costa Rica via air on flights departing from the United States. Visitors traveling to Costa Rica will need to provide proof of a medical insurance policy to cover any COVID-19 related medical treatment or quarantine lodging while in Costa Rica. All visitors must also complete an online Health Pass (pasa de Salud) 48 hours prior to travel to Costa Rica.
At this time, all of our ministries are following national guidelines. We have taken extra precautions to prevent the spread of the virus at our ministry sites. At this time we are accepting teams and interns to all countries that are allowing international travel (see above). If you have any questions or concerns related to your trip or to the field, please direct them to Stacey Pope (firstname.lastname@example.org), who is operating as our point person in all things related to COVID-19.
We would ask you to join us in prayer for protection of our sites, our people, and the timely resolution to this world issue.