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13 Oct 2020 | 09:23 PM UTC

Venezuela: Aviation authority extends flight restrictions until November 12 /update 14

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Venezuelan aviation authority extends flight restrictions until November 12; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/13/2020, 10:30 PM until 11/14/2020, 12:29 AM (America/Caracas). COUNTRY/REGION Northern Venezuela

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The Venezuelan National Institute of Civil Aviation announced on Tuesday, October 13, of the extension of flight restrictions until November 12 amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The current flight ban excludes emergency operations, cargo and mail flights, technical landings, humanitarian flights, repatriation flights, and flights authorized by the United Nations. Civil and commercial aircraft operations have been restricted since March 17 into and within Venezuela.

As a matter of preventing the spread of COVID-19, face coverings remain mandatory on public transport, inside grocery stores and pharmacies, at airports and ports, and in healthcare facilities.

As of Tuesday, October 13, there have been 83,756 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Venezuela with 704 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in 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). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

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

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

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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