Uruguay plans to allow entry of vaccinated tourists

Uruguay plans to allow entry of vaccinated tourists
Press conference of President Luis Lacalle Pou. Photo: Pres.URU

The Uruguayan government is analyzing the possibility of allowing international tourists to enter the country, providing they have already received Covid-19 vaccination

According to Tourism Minister Germán Cardoso, the case is currently under debate between health officials and scientists responsible for pandemic-related decisions. For Mr. Cardoso, there is an expectation that the world “moves towards a sanitary passport” to avoid tourism contamination. 

A recent report by ILO showed that international tourism plunged 74 percent in 2020, but the impact was stronger in Uruguay: in January, the number of tourists in the southernmost country was 97 percent minor than in the previous year. In the country’s top-attractions, such as Punta del Este, the revenue fell by almost 100 percent. 

Vaccination advances in Uruguay

The 3.5-million-people country started its vaccination program on March 1 and reports that, as of March 4, more than 56,000 people have been vaccinated. The country expects to receive another 1.5 million doses during March, sustaining an average of 30,000 people immunized per day. 

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