Tourism destinations are uniting to get the industry afloat once more in destinations across the world.
Chief executive and president of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Gloria Guevara, on Friday said 35 destinations have already adopted the same protocols to reduce risks and to be able to travel safely starting in July.
“We want travelers to know that we are doing everything to reduce risks so that they can travel safely. The idea is for the experience to be the same in all sectors,” Guevara said in a virtual programme aired on the same day.
Among the countries that have adopted the WTTC’s safety protocol are Iceland, Portugal, Jamaica, Panama and Mexico (Cancún).
“There are two phases. Before and after the COVID-19 vaccine. And some protocols will be maintained, such as taking people’s temperature at airports,” she added.
In Jamaica, protocols prepared by the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) cover airports, cruise operations and the hotel operations themselves.
Under the island’s protocols of cruise ports, all arriving vessels must provide their passenger list to the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) 12 hours prior to arrival at the port which allows PICA, the Port Authority and the MOHW to receive and interrogate the manifest for possible high-risk passengers.
Non-compliant vessels should be notified that their passengers will be either subjected to MOH pre-screening or ultimately have their vessels denied entry to our ports.
Any passenger aboard the vessel that has or is demonstrating symptoms of illness, the Jamaican authority must receive a report from the vessel from a medical doctor outlining the symptoms, treatment applied, medications given, and any other actions taken in the previous 12 hours.
Any passenger aboard the vessel that has travelled to and from any of the listed high-risk countries or regions in the past fourteen (14) days, must be subjected to either being refused entry by the Jamaican authorities or be subjected to be tested by the MOH officials or remain aboard the vessel in quarantined space for the duration of the docking.
The MOH in Jamaica reserves the right to deny arrival of the entire vessel as they see fit. All seaport staff facing passengers must be adequately equipped with protective gear. All seaport and security staff/personnel must be subjected to periodic mandatory testing weekly for the duration of any outbreak.
For hotel operations, accommodation nurse/First Aid staff are required to take all necessary precautions to protect themselves as it relates to a suspected case while administering care.
If the guest falls ill or requests assistance from their room, the guest should be quarantined in-room and care administered until Public Health and/or Ministry of Health and Wellness personnel arrive on property.
Companions travelling with the affected person(s) should also be placed under self-quarantine until Public Health and or Ministry of Health and Wellness personnel arrive on property.
Guevara, said, “We are living in unprecedented times. We are leveraging the experience we gained after 9/11, because in order to regain confidence, globally standardised protocols are necessary.
“We are going to bring you information that should lower fear and stress levels, so you can travel safely in our so-called ‘new normal’.”