COVID-19 Update 9/1/20

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:

  • ColombiaPresident Duque announced the end of national isolation measures effective September 1. The country will transition to a selective isolation phase. The national sanitation emergency will remain in place until November 1. International flights are currently suspended, and the government of Colombia has not released a date for the resumption of international flights.
  • PeruInternational borders remain closed until further notice.
  • EcuadorAll 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.
  • HondurasThe 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 September 6 at 11:00 p.m.
  • Costa Rica: As of September 1, U.S. citizen tourists who are residents of New York, New Jersey, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia may enter Costa Rica on limited flights departing from the United States.  As of September 15, residents of Colorado, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania can also enter Costa Rica on limited flights departing from the United States.  U.S. citizen tourists from these states wishing to enter Costa Rica must complete a digital epidemiological health pass, obtain a negative PCR-RT coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of their departure from the United States, and purchase travel insurance that covers accommodation in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19.  U.S. tourist must also demonstrate, via a valid driver’s license or State ID card, that they live in one of the authorized states.

At this time, all of our ministries are following national guidelines for closure. 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 (spope@incalink.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.