The Ministry of Health and Migration in Colombia continues to take preventive measures to try to control the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the country. Some of these measures are: filling out the Preventive Control Form against Coronavirus prior to entering Colombia, authorizing or denying the entry and stay of foreigners in the country, conducting interviews with travelers coming from countries at risk, performing tests on people with visible symptoms, as well as isolation and quarantine for some travelers.
Likewise, Migration Colombia will review the travelers’ connections in order to take preventive measures in case of any possible contingencies with those travelers coming from areas with high risk of the virus. Some of the controls are focused on travelers coming from China, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Thailand and Italy. Furthermore, the transit and disembarkation of cruise ships in Colombia has been suspended as of March 12.
At the same time, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection issued Resolution 380 of 2020, in which it establishes that the measures are of immediate and obligatory execution, under penalty of penal and pecuniary sanctions. In addition, travelers from China, Italy, France, and Spain must prove that they have a health policy or membership in the Social Security System, as well as take preventive measures of isolation and quarantine in their residence or accommodation.
Lastly, the Ministry of Labor has issued Circulars 0017 and 0018 of 2020, which establish disease containment and prevention actions specifying the responsibilities of workers, as well as strategies for employers and contractors. Some of these are:
- Personal hygiene.
- If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing: use a surgical mask and seek medical attention.
- Use personal protective equipment and be responsible for the proper use of such equipment.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Access to information.
- Flexible schedules.