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19 May 2020 | 11:32 PM UTC

Venezuela: Commercial flights set to resume from June 13 /update 6

Venezuela News Alert

Domestic and international commercial flights due to resume in Venezuela from June 13; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/19/2020, 10:30 PM until 6/20/2020, 12:29 AM (America/Caracas). COUNTRY/REGION Northern Venezuela

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Event

According to the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) website, commercial international and domestic flights are set to progressively resume in Venezuela from Saturday, June 13. However, the UK FCO has highlighted that this decision remains subject to further assessments by local authorities. Commercial flights in Venezuela have been suspended due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic since mid-March with few exceptions, including for cargo, emergency, and repatriation flights.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced on Wednesday, May 13, that heightened security measures will be implemented in the country's border areas due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in those regions. Maduro further called upon governors, the armed forces, and citizens to strengthen health security along the borders. Additionally, on Tuesday, May 12, Maduro announced a 30-day extension to the current state of alarm in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The economic state of emergency (SoE) that was first introduced in January 2016 has been extended for 60 days from May 4. On May 9, the US Embassy in Bogotá advised US citizens to be prepared for "an indefinite stay in Venezuela" if they are not able to leave the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of May 19, authorities have confirmed 618 cases of COVID-19 in the country and ten associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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