Restrictions return for the delta variant

With the re-outbreak in the world of the delta variant of the coronavirus, which was detected for the first time in India in February 2021, restrictions in countries, especially in nations with high trade and tourism, have been reinforced by requiring biosecurity protocols and specific vaccines to enter each territory.

Border controls, submitting a negative covid-19 test, quarantine compliance, requirements for passes to enter places and travel restrictions are part of the measures that, in recent days, have come into force in some countries to prevent the spread of the Sars-CoV-2.  

In Germany. The Government of Germany imposed since August 1 to present a mandatory negative covid-19 test for those who enter the country, including also for those vaccinated.

The Foreign Ministry's deputy spokesperson, Ulrike Demmer, explained that it is expected to control the passage of travelers both in the land and air sectors to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

In the country, travelers are classified according to their origin in high-risk categories such as Spain, the Netherlands and others and with a low dominance of aggressive variants.

For those who come from high-risk nations, the unvaccinated must comply with a ten-day quarantine, although this can be five days if it is verified by negative test on the fifth day of arrival.

In those of the second classification where countries such as South Africa and Brazil are, the measures are more severe since only German travelers or resident foreigners are allowed to enter, who must keep 10 days of confinement. If you are vaccinated, you must still present the verification test.

Most of the vaccines administered in Germany are those produced by Pfizer, Astra Zeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna, and the Chinese Sinovac, those that have been inoculated with Sputnik V will not be able to enter that country, or any of the European Union .

The strict measures are imposed after the increase in infections that began to rise in July, especially due to imported cases of citizens who returned from abroad, especially from Spain.

Covid-zero strategy. In China, where the first cases were reported in Wuhan during 2019 and which so far exceed more than 90.000 infected, they join the strategy called covid zero.

Currently, it is experiencing one of its largest outbreaks in months, with more than 300 cases detected in recent days, so they will begin to carry out massive tests on their citizens, starting in Wuhan.

In the midst of border controls, massive tests, confinements and travel restrictions, it is expected to reach zero infections by covid-19, so local authorities restrict travel of their citizens abroad.

It has also been reported that China will not open its borders until mid-2022 to curb infections, but special attention is paid only to foreigners with long-term residences, family visas and other cases. To do this, a rigorous quarantine must be observed.

Spain controls tourists. Official data from the Spanish Government indicate that 53% of its population is vaccinated and 64% received at least one dose. However, the spread of the disease continues to be high among the very young and other sectors of the population that have not yet received any doses.

The local authorities assure that this is due in large part to the entry of travelers, for which a series of measures have been imposed on people from Latin American countries such as Argentina, Colombia and Bolivia with a ten-day quarantine and with the possibility of reduction on the seventh day when a test is performed and it is negative. The extension of this preventive measure will be in effect until mid-August, depending on how the pandemic evolves.

The valid vaccines to travel to Spain are those authorized by the WHO or EMA such as Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, Janssen, Sinopharm and Sinovac.

Passes in France and Israel. Trains, airports, restaurants and cafes in France began this Monday, August 9, the requirement of a health pass, a vaccination test or a negative result of the virus in a printed or digital format that adults over 18 years of age must show to enter public places until November 15.

The measure, which restricts access for people who may continue to spread the virus, applies to restaurants, cafes, bars, hospitals, nursing homes, shopping centers, cultural sites, cinemas, museums, weddings, nightclubs, amusement parks and other places with large gatherings.

In Israel, since last Sunday, August 8, the green pass system was imposed to enter events indoors or outdoors. It is a vaccination certificate, a document that proves that you have recovered from the covid or a negative test for the virus that has been carried out within 72 hours.

Likewise, the use of medical masks has been made mandatory in events indoors and outdoors attended by more than 100 people.

Strategies in the US. On July 26, the US State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned their citizens not to visit countries such as Cyprus, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Portugal and Spain. by the increasing infections with the variant.

Among the restrictions of that nation are the veto of entry of travelers from the Schengen zone of the European Union, as well as from Brazil, China, India, Iran, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The Government announced that it is considering requiring any foreign citizen who wants to enter the United States, from any country, to be vaccinated.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has licensed vaccines such as Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, or Johnson & Johnson. Whoever is vaccinated with them can travel to that country. Similarly, anyone who is immunized with Sinovac and Sinopharm can enter.

Australian confinement. For seven weeks and until next August 28, in Sydney, a lockdown was imposed to stop the virus. Despite this measure, last Tuesday the state of New South Wales presented 356 cases, the highest number of infections since mid-June.

To the west, where the infections are greater, the stores remain closed, the streets are empty and high police surveillance in the neighborhoods.
In Australia, in Victoria, the partial lifting of the measures was carried out, while the cities of Byron Bay and Melbourne keep their population confined by the sources of contagion with the delta variant of covid-19.

Measures against covid-19

Venezuela. The airspace is restricted and only six international destinations are authorized: Turkey, Mexico, Bolivia, Panama, Russia and the Dominican Republic, indicates the National Institute of Civil Aeronautics (Inac).}

Cuba. The Government authorized the activities of small and medium private businesses with up to 100 employees.

Argentina. President Alberto Fernández reported that they will enable tourism for people who have the complete vaccination scheme, starting with countries in the region.

Uruguay. The head of state, Luis Lacalle Pou, announced that the restriction of foreigners continues. As of November 1, those who are vaccinated and have a negative PCR will be able to enter.



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