COVID-19 Travel Updates and E3V Guidelines
Greetings from E3 Volunteers!
As you know, we are constantly monitoring the travel restrictions related to the countries where we serve.
Currently, the following Central America countries have NO Covid-related entry requirements:
- El Salvador
- Costa Rica
Honduras still has Covid-related entry requirements in place. Below are the entry requirements for Honduras, taken from the U.S. Embassy website, as well as the link.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. Citizens permitted to enter? Yes. All travelers entering or exiting Honduras must complete the immigration pre-check form at https://prechequeo.inm.gob.
hn. Travelers will receive a confirmation email, which they should print and carry with them.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Effective June 2, 2021, The Government of Honduras has updated its requirements for entry into the country. All travelers must still complete the online pre-check form, but fully vaccinated individuals with their original vaccination certificate are no longer required to provide proof of a negative COVID test upon entry in Honduras.
- Proof of Full Vaccination: Passengers must provide the original vaccination certificate documenting complete COVID-19 vaccination (two doses of most vaccines; one dose of Johnson & Johnson) with at least 14 days after receipt of the final dose.
- COVID-19 Test: Passengers who cannot provide proof of full vaccination must hand-carry the negative test results for a PCR, Antigen or ELISA COVID-19 test taken less than 72 hours before entry into Honduras. Passengers must show the test results at check-in.
Travelers to all countries must still present a valid passport for entry.
Below is the E3 Volunteers COVID-19 Mitigation Policy, which outlines the steps we will take to protect team members, as well as steps that will be taken in the unlikely event of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
All mission team members will be required to wear masks at all times. The only exceptions are when individuals are in their rooms at lodging facilities, and during meals (in accordance with government guidelines). Masks MUST be worn during all ministry activities.
Physical distancing will be practiced at all times. Transportation capacities will be determined based on current government restrictions in the country where the team is serving.
All mission team members are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer with them. In the event that team members do not have hand sanitizer, each Mobilizer will have adequate amounts of hand sanitizer to be made available to team members.
E3 Volunteers makes every attempt to scrutinize all lodging utilized by mission teams. Lodging facilities are chosen based on their willingness to provide safe, sanitized lodging for team members.
All transportation contractors are required to ensure that vehicles are properly sanitized prior to boarding by team members, and that appropriate physical distancing is observed, in accordance with local government guidelines and restrictions.
COVID-19 Treatment While In-Country
NOTE: Unless travelers have purchased insurance that specifically covers COVID-19, all in-country expenses related to the diagnosis and/or treatment of COVID-19 will be the sole responsibility of the mission team member/traveler.
In the unlikely event that a mission team member exhibits symptoms of or is diagnosed with COVID-19, the following measures will be taken:
Individuals displaying symptoms of or diagnosed with COVID-19 will be immediately separated from the remainder of the team and placed in quarantine. If on the field, individuals will be quarantined in the team lodging facility. If near the Baptist Theological Seminary in Guatemala City, individuals will be quarantined at the lodging on the campus of the seminary. E3V personnel will be present at the seminary with the quarantined team member.
Travel to Nearest Private Hospital
If hospitalization is necessary, every effort will be made to transport the individual back to Guatemala City. A private hospital will be sought out and the individual will be taken to that hospital for treatment.
Individuals in quarantine will be provided with disinfectant spray and/or a UV disinfectant lamp. It is recommended that the personal belongings of individuals displaying symptoms of or diagnosed with COVID-19 be disinfected, to prevent any possible spread of the virus.
For more information, please contact our General Director, David Singleton at email@example.com