TOURISM REACTIVATION: COLOMBIA JOINS SOUTH AMERICAN UNIFICATION OF BIOSECURITY MEASURES

The initiative seeks to facilitate the transit of travelers between one country and another in Latin America.

Within the framework of the ALTA Airline Leaders Forum, one of the most important events organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association, the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, María Ximena Lombana Villalba, endorsed the Proposal that seeks to unify biosafety measures for travelers who wish to visit various Central and South American countries.

The purpose of the initiative, as explained by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, is that international tourists can visit the countries of the region, without having to worry about complying with different regulations in each one of them.

The panel also included the ministers of tourism from Brazil, Gilson Machado Neto and Niels Olsen from Ecuador, who together with Lombana, managed to consolidate the supports of a first agreement that will allow to lay the foundations to unify criteria in the matter of biosafety measures.

Minister Machado Neto, indicated that in this sense a first step has already been taken between Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina, and of course they are open to the arrival of new members such as Colombia.

Source: Infobae, Colombia  https://www.infobae.com/america/colombia/2021/10/28/reactivacion-del-turismo-colombia-se-suma-a-la-unificacion-suramericana-de-las-medidas-de-bioseguridad/

KNOW THE MEASURES AND CONDITIONS THAT YOU SHOULD TAKE INTO ACCOUNT IF YOU ARE GOING TO TRAVEL ABROAD

Negative PCR test and medical insurance are some measures that some countries have taken to allow the entry of tourists.

It is indisputable that the pandemic has reformulated tourist conditions, leading countries to implement measures for both residents of each country and foreigners. And despite the fact that many nations are reopening their borders for international travel, the uncertainty of the virus causes them to do so under a series of specific requirements.

For this reason, if one of your plans is to leave the country, you must know the requirements they request to avoid setbacks.

  • USA -covid-19 test done 72 hours before, must be fully vaccinated.
  • Spain - travelers will only be allowed 14 days after the last vaccination dose and recovery certificates are not valid.
  • Peru- Present the negative result of a covid test (RT-PCR), in addition to filling out an affidavit of health status and a form 72 hours before the scheduled time of the flight.
  • France - must have a vaccination certificate proving that they are fully vaccinated. You will be tested when you arrive in France and you agree to remain in isolation for seven days on a voluntary basis and provide proof of the location of the self-isolation and, if necessary, access data for inspectors to carry out controls.

Source: The republic, Tourism https://www.larepublica.co/ocio/estas-son-las-restricciones-y-condiciones-que-debe-conocer-si-va-a-viajar-al-exterior-3254857

THESE ARE THE COUNTRIES WHERE COLOMBIANS CAN GO

This week the British government announced that it will remove from its red list of travel destinations risk for coronavirus to the seven countries that still held in that category, including Colombiato  who have a complete vaccination schedule, will no longer have to remain in quarantine for ten days in a hotel designated by the Government, and the prohibition that prevented the entry from those destinations to people without British nationality or without a residence permit in the country will be lifted. country.

This destination joins the 144 countries that today have their open borders for Colombians, but with some demands on visitors in terms of vaccination

On the other hand, there are still 78 countries that keep their borders closed to Colombians, three of them in South America:

  • Argentina (which is expected to receive vaccinated Colombians from November),
  • Uruguay
  • French Guiana.
  • Asian destinations such as Japan, South Korea, China and India also stand out.

Source: El Tiempo, travel writing https://www.eltiempo.com/vida/viajar/a-que-paises-pueden-viajar-los-colombianos-y-que-requisitos-hay-628710

AFTER 18 MONTHS, THAILAND REOPENED THE BORDERS TO FOREIGNERS

In Asia-Pacific they had stricter restrictions than the other countries in the COVID-19 pandemic, but thanks to the increase in vaccination worldwide and the decrease in cases, they made the decision to reopen while remaining cautious. 

While China and Japan remain closed to foreigners, but thanks to the opening of Thailand marks a new proposal to start opening the borders for foreigners. 

Tourism accounted for about 20% of Thailand's economy before the pandemic, and the lockdown has caused massive job losses and hardship.

Still, just months after a delta-driven spike of the virus that saw deaths spike dramatically, many Thais remain concerned that an influx of outsiders could trigger new outbreaks.

Source: infobae, World https://www.infobae.com/america/mundo/2021/11/01/luego-de-18-meses-tailandia-reabrio-sus-fronteras-a-los-turistas-extranjeros/

VAT REDUCTION ON AIR TICKETS AND HOTELS

Una gran oportunidad, gracias Ley de Turismo y la Ley de Inversión social  se logra las exenciones del IVA en servicios hoteleros y turísticos, es por eso que los paquetes turísticos se encuentran sin IVA y los Colombianos podrán visitar países que tienen abiertas sus fronteras como España que a finales de septiembre reveló una reactivación del 65% y Canadá un 69% cabe aclarar que los destinos que superan los valores de 2019 se encuentran Emiratos Árabes, República Dominicana, Suiza, Paraguay, Estados Unidos y México.

Paquetes: “Seguiremos trabajando por hallar más acciones que permitan mayor agilidad en la recuperación del turismo. Queremos invitar a los pasajeros a que aprovechen y adquieran nuevas experiencias de la mano de las Agencias de Viajes, comprando paquetes turísticos sin IVA y tiquetes con un impuesto más bajo”, sostuvo la dirigente gremial.

Hoteles: Frente a lo que resta del 2021 y para el otro año, Duarte señaló que “el gremio es optimista en que la tendencia de recuperación se mantenga en una senda creciente, a partir del trabajo articulado con los gobiernos nacional y regionales, de tal manera que permita al sector lograr una recuperación del flujo de caja y compensar las pérdidas generadas por el covid-19 en una ventana de tiempo que va hasta el segundo semestre de 2022”.

Fuente: El nuevo siglo, interés de viajeros por la temporada de final de año https://www.elnuevosiglo.com.co/articulos/10-31-2021-rebaja-del-iva-tiquetes-aereos-agencias-y-hoteles-disparan-el-turismo

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• Authorization of minors to travel
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• Travel dossier
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• Driving license
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• Electronic tickets
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• Hotel / Address vouchers
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• ESTA travel authorization
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• ESTA travel authorization
It is requested on its website 72 hours before boarding.
• ESTA travel authorization
It is requested on its website 72 hours before boarding.