Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Foreign Affairs, Health, Immigration, Private Sector, Tourism, Transportation
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Decision made by Ministry of Health and Ministry of Transport
Implementers: Special Administrative Unit for Migration Colombia, Departmental or District Health Secretaries, Airlines, Passengers
Overview: It adopts preventive measures for the sanitary control of passengers from abroad, by air, due to the new Coronavirus, COVID-2019, therefore suspending entry into Colombian territory until May 30, 2020.
Likewise, it adopts the measures preventive sanitary isolation and 14-day quarantine, for people who enter the country, via this route, from abroad. The airlines, within the framework of their competences, will be responsible for validating the identity documents and the conditions that the passengers present at their place of boarding, and that refer to the conditions that this resolution deals with. Likewise, passengers must immediately report to the health authorities of the place where they are, if they present symptoms compatible with the new Coronavirus – COVID-19. If symptoms occur during the journey, they must immediately inform the crew and comply with the protocol that the Ministry of Health adopts for this purpose. Compliance with the preventive sanitary measures established in this administrative act, will be monitored by the Departmental or District Health Secretaries or whoever acts as both the place of the first landing and the place of destination in Colombian territory. The Special Administrative Unit for Migration Colombia will report the passenger information to these entities.
Full details here: https://coronaviruscolombia.gov.co/Covid19/docs/decretos/mintransporte/Resoluci%C2%A2n_00408_del_15_de_marzo_de_2020.pdf
Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee, Learning from other jurisdictions
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, National – government
Evidence/Justification: That given the identification of the new Coronavirus – COVID-19, since January 7, 2020, this outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Importance (ESPII) by the World Health Organization, so this The Ministry has been implementing measures to deal with their arrival in the prevention and containment phases in order to keep cases and contacts under control.
That, to date, there is no medicine, treatment or vaccine to deal with the virus and, consequently, due to its symptoms and way of acting on the person, it generates serious complications and that, according to the experts’ recommendations, The most effective way to avoid the contagion is to have permanent hand hygiene and keep the public influx sites properly sterilized.