COVID-19 Update 3/30/20
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: As of March 23, the President of Colombia grounded international flights for a period of 30 days. The Government of Colombia also declared a national quarantine to last until April 13 that requires everyone to shelter-in-place.
- Peru: The government declared a national state of emergency on March 15. Under the state of emergency, Peru is enacting a mandatory quarantine until April 12. The government has also closed all international travel in and out of the country and restricted internal domestic travel.
- USA: No international travel until further notice.
- Ecuador: The government has prohibited all foreigners and Ecuadorians from arriving via air, land, or sea. At this time, we understand these restrictions are scheduled to be in place until April 5.
- Honduras: The government announced all borders (air, land, and sea) will be closed as of Sunday, March 15, until further notice.
- Costa Rica: Currently, and continuing until April 12, only Costa Rican citizens, residents, those whose residency is in process, minor children of Costa Rican citizens, and foreign diplomats will be able to enter Costa Rica. This restriction applies to land, sea, and air arrivals.
At this time, all of our ministries are following national guidelines for closure (see above). We have taken extra precautions to prevent the spread of the virus at our ministry sites. We unfortunately will not be able to accept any new teams and interns until April 15, but 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. Stacey 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.