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El Salvador Takes Measures Against the Coronavirus - What Impact Will it Have on Migration? 

by Diego Martin

Published: March, 2020

Submission: March, 2020


From the end of January to the beginning of February of this year, the Republic of El Salvador declared an emergency due to a coronavirus, not because any case has been detected in the country, but precisely to prevent the entry of people infected with it.

Given this, the government cabinet, and especially the health, government, finance and customs, foreign relations and security portfolios, as well as autonomous entities such as the Autonomous Executive Port Commission - CEPA, are permanently coordinating to prevent the disease from entering the country.

One of the most drastic measures that have been taken is at the immigration level. At San Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez International Airport, travelers will find sanitary controls that include thermal cameras to measure temperature. There is also information display in the hallways and screens. Health surveillance protocols are activated when a person from abroad arrives at the airport, with a temperature of 37.7 ° C upwards. At that time you are notified for a more detailed medical evaluation, with the aim of ruling out any disease. Several travelers have already been quarantined in specially equipped facilities. Controls are intensified on those flights that come from countries where there is circulation of the virus, as well as

Similar controls have been established at other entry points in the country, such as ports and land border points. Likewise, the country has recently been authorized to carry out tests that allow confirming or ruling out suspected cases of coronavirus, known as PCR sequencing (laboratory technique) or the specific test to detect and confirm coronavirus, as part of aid from the World Health Organization (WHO).

For more information on entry restrictions to our country, you can write to us at [email protected] , or communicate through our social networks.



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