Flights: Request to Eliminate Entry Requirements

In order to reduce travel costs, the Guatemalan Airline Association asked Ministry of Health authorities to no longer require passengers to take a negative covid-19 test to enter the country.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

According to the Ministry of Health document called "National Guidelines for the Prevention of COVID-19 for International Travel to and from Guatemala" prepared on September 15, 2020, all travelers arriving in the country must present a negative test for covid-19.

For representatives of the Guatemalan Airline Association (Agla) this requirement has lost its validity, since both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) within their recommendations have stated that when the presence of the pandemic in a country is not logical to ask for the PCR test, because the virus is already established.

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Motty Rodas, executive director of the Agla, told Prensalibre.com that "... at the time, there was a verbal request to health authorities to eliminate the test, and lately they see a need to increase the occupation of the flights."

Ronny Rodriguez, director of institutional affairs for Volaris Airlines, explained that "... the airlines are making a pricing effort, but currently there is an additional cost that must be assumed by the passenger and that is the payment of the covid-19 test, which represents an outlay between $50 and $150, depending on the airline."

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