COVID-19 Update 4/23/21
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:
*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.
- Colombia: The Ministry of Health announced that all inbound international passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test result. Travelers arriving to Colombia must present negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test administered no more than 96 hours prior to departure. As of April 5, various cities in Colombia are instituting curfews, based on ICU capacity.
- Peru: On February 19, 2021, the Government of Peru extended the COVID-19 health emergency for another 180 days, from March 7 to September 2, 2021. Currently, Peru requires inbound international passengers on commercial flights have either a negative real-time COVID-19 molecular (RT-PCR), negative antigen test result, or a medical certificate of epidemiological discharge that is no more than 72 hours old after being issued and before boarding the plane. Children under the age of 12 can present a certificate of health issued by a medical doctor in lieu of a negative test. All passengers must also complete an affidavit of health (found here: https://e-notificacion.migraciones.gob.pe/dj-salud/). These requirements may change, so we advise you to contact your airline days prior your flight to gather the proper documentation. Face shields are now required to enter many establishments, including shopping centers, markets, supermarkets, department stores, and other crowded places.
- Ecuador: As of March 22nd, all travelers (including minors) arriving in Ecuador must provide proof of a negative COVID RT-PCR or rapid antigen test taken no more than three (3) days before entering the country or present a vaccination card showing the traveler received a complete series of the COVID vaccine. Minors two years of age and younger are exempt from this requirement. As an alternative to the above requirement, travelers previously diagnosed as COVID positive, but with more than one month since the onset of symptoms, may present a medical certificate from their country of origin attesting to their recovery and current good health. Some provinces maintain local restrictions on movement and U.S. citizens should continue to comply with local laws and monitor local news for any updates. Bring and wear a face mask and gloves.
- Honduras: All travelers entering or exiting Honduras must complete the immigration precheck form at https://prechequeo.inm.gob.hn. Travelers will receive a confirmation email, which they should print and carry with them. A negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) is required to enter the country. It is mandatory to use face masks, sanitary gel, and social distancing in public.
- Costa Rica: U.S. citizen tourists wishing to enter Costa Rica are not required to present the results of a negative PCR test for CV-19. However, all U.S. citizen tourist must complete an epidemiological Health Pass and provide proof of health insurance to cover any medical treatment and quarantine lodging related to COVID-19 illnesses while in Costa Rica. Essential services are open. Public transportation and hospitals are operating at normal capacity. Facial coverings are required in all public spaces and in all indoor settings except when eating, while alone, or in a private home. The use of facial coverings is also mandatory at bus stops and on all forms of public transportation. Face shields can continue to be worn, but only if a face covering is worn underneath. Face coverings can be either surgical or homemade if they cover the nose and mouth.
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.