The national government enabled the entry into the country in international buses as well as readjusted the procedures for the entry of Antarctic and bi-oceanic cruise ships, within the framework of the reopening of borders to foreign tourism arranged days ago due to the decrease in coronavirus infections.

The new measures are contained in Administrative Decision 1090 published today in the Official Gazette, signed by Chief of Staff, Juan Manzur; and the Ministers of Health, Carla Vizzotti, and of the Interior, Eduardo de Pedro.

The norm establishes the conditions of entry into the country for the land transportation of passengers, such as the adequacy of the requirements for the reopening of cruises to Antarctica and Bioceanic cruises in the
Argentina.

Regarding land transport, it is indicated that “the entry into the country of international land passenger transport services must be carried out exclusively through the authorized safe corridors or that in the future they are authorized by the competent authority, with the agreement of the national sanitary authority “.

It is also established that “prior to the start of the trip to Argentina, the operators of means of international land transport of passengers must -without exception- verify that the passenger has declared compliance with the ends defined as health requirements in paragraphs 4.a . and 4.b. of Article 1 of Administrative Decision N ° 951/21 and its amendments “.

“Once in the national territory, the people who enter the country must carry, during the 14 days after their arrival, the documentation that accounts for the fulfillment of the aforementioned and demanded sanitary requirements”, specifies.

Likewise, companies “must determine the precautions so that passenger location information is kept during the trip, to facilitate traceability and contact tracing to the competent health authority, if there is a positive case.”

“The Ministry of Transport and its decentralized bodies, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and its decentralized bodies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship will adopt the precautions so that international transport operators, tourism operators, transport terminals and travelers abroad are aware of the measures adopted hereby and proceed to comply with them “, says article 11 of the regulation.

As soon as to the reopening of Cruises to Antarctica and Bioceanic Cruises in Argentina, the new requirements are:

– For boarding in national territory, a negative PCR test must be carried out between 24 and 48 hours beforehand. With the same effects, it will be admitted to present the PCR test required to start a trip to the ARGENTINE REPUBLIC by another means of transport, when the period from the collection of the sample does not exceed 72 hours prior to boarding the cruise. Those who have started the trip on the cruise outside the country are exempt from performing this PCR test.

– In the presence of suspicious cases on board, an antigen test will be carried out and according to medical criteria, it will be confirmed with a PCR or LAMP test to direct contacts; Depending on the epidemiological situation, it may be possible to require a PCR test to be performed on more people who were direct contact, or – in the event of an outbreak or suspicion of it – on all those determined by the competent health authorities. Exceptionally, the national health authority may require PCR or LAMP for the entire vessel.

– The routine practice of tests at the beginning or at the end of the landings to carry out excursions ashore will not be required, the general criteria being applicable in this regard in situations of suspicious cases or
positive or their close contacts.

– For the final disembarkation of the cruise trip, an antigen test will be required, leaving the use of PCR or LAMP subject to and limited to what is indicated in section iii.

– Information regarding compliance by passengers with the health insurance requirement with COVID-19 coverage may be required from the ship’s operating company in an aggregate manner. Notwithstanding this, each passenger must have their own proof, since the insurance must cover their entire stay in the country.

– The minimum distance on board in closed spaces will be 2 meters when the facilities allow it, being able to use spacers, partitions or other physical barriers to reduce this distance, and / or make it more flexible.
when the environments are ventilated or respiratory hygiene or other mechanisms are implemented to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

– For those under 18 years of age who embark on cruise ships, the provisions in general for entering the country apply, for which they will be allowed to travel by that means even when they are not vaccinated, as provided in Article 1 of the Decision Administrative N ° 951/21 and its amendments.

“Cruise operating companies must formalize the pertinent protocols before the Undersecretariat of Ports, Waterways and Merchant Marine of the Ministry of Transportation, without prejudice to sending a copy to the national health authority”; the Administrative Decision concludes.

Source: Télam

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