Saturday 15 May 2021

PAHO urges countries not to require covid-19 tests from travelers

The organization said they are expensive, difficult to implement and have limited impact on controlling the international spread of the virus.

QCOSTARICA – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) urged countries not to require covid-19 tests from travelers, insisting that they give a ‘false sense of security’, and asked not to place them at the center of travel policies.

“PAHO does not recommend relying on laboratory tests for travelers,” Jarbas Barbosa, deputy director of PAHO, regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO), told reporters.

- Advertisement -

“They are expensive, difficult to implement and have a limited impact on controlling the international spread of the virus,” he added.

Health authorities discourage non-essential travel this holiday season to prevent a spike in infections. But Barbosa said that even so, many people have decided to travel and feel calmer with a negative coronavirus test.

“Testing is an important tool to track and combat the spread of the virus, but we must be careful not to give us a false sense of security,” he warned.

He explained that a person can test negative but be infected and contagious to others, because it can take days before a diagnostic test detects a covid-19 infection.

- Advertisement -

In addition, since the tests are carried out a few days before the trip, the person could still be infected before their departure.

Barbosa highlighted the decision of some countries in the region to rely on “more common sense measures” to continually reevaluate their travel recommendations. “We hope that other countries will follow suit,” he emphasized.

Colombia and Costa Rica eliminated in recent weeks the requirement of a negative diagnostic test (PCR test) for travelers entering the country, following PAHO recommendations issued in October.

Asked by AFP, Sylvain Aldighieri, incident manager for covid-19 at PAHO, said among the ‘most common sense measures’ are to prevent the entry of travelers from countries with high transmission of the virus, or where restrictions already apply to movement due to a complicated epidemiological situation.

PAHO also advises monitoring travelers for 14 days after arrival, but does not consider that they should be quarantined.

Aldighieri emphasized that these are PAHO recommendations based on scientific knowledge, but member countries are sovereign when deciding their regulations.

- Advertisement -

The possibility that a possible vaccine against covid-19 is a prerequisite for travel “is still in the process of discussion,” he said when asked about announcements in this regard by airlines.

For now, according to the International Health Regulations (IHR), the legally binding agreement signed by the more than 190 member countries of WHO, the only health document that is required from travelers is proof of vaccination against yellow fever.


- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Large illegal market for false tests for covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The illegal market for false covid-19 tests has already...

Former Miss Costa Rica detained at San Jose airport on suspicion of false covid test

UPDATED April 17 QCOSTARICA - Model, television presenter and former Miss Costa...


A Few More Ways to Convince Hesitant Friends and Family to Get Their Vax - As the New York Times reported Monday morning, public health experts are worried that the elusive concept of reaching COVID-19 herd immunity...

Farmer’s fairs remain fertile despite the effects of the pandemic

QCOSTARICA - Despite the effects of the pandemic, "ferias" (farmers fairs) that are a staple on weekends across the country, from small towns to...

Red Cross suspends extraction of nutritionist’s body in Chirripó

QCOSTARICA - The Cruz Roja (Red Cross), on Saturday,  suspended the extraction of the body of nutritionist Marialis Blanco Vega, who was found dead...

How to Make the Most Out of Your Travel Experience

There’s no one out there that doesn’t love the sense of adventure that comes with exploring a new place. Whether you’re planning a short...

Costa Rica ranks first in human talent in Central America

QCOSTARICA - The Global Talent Competitiveness Index (IGCT) 2020 revealed that out of 132 countries, Costa Rica ranks 37th in human talent with a...

Natalia Carvajal tells of her arrest at San Jose airport with false proof of covid-19

Q MAGAZINE - he former Miss Costa Rica and television personality, Natalia Carvajal, broke the silence of her arrest several weeks ago at the...

Health expands group 3 vaccination for people from 16 to 58 years

QCOSTARICA - Adolescents of 16 and 17 years old with some risk factor in case of falling ill with covid-19 will be part of...

Costa Rica receives the largest shipments of vaccine in one week: 212,820 doses

QCOSTARICA - The landing of two separate and independent shipments of covid-19 vaccines this week, one from Pfizer and the other from Astra Zeneca,...

Seriously ill patients from covid-19 overflow Caja capacity

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) says that its hospitalization figures for serious covid-19 patients are in the red. In a statement ...


Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.