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 we serve. Recently, we learned of a change to the entry requirements for Guatemala that we are excited to share with you. This change will likely change how you recruit for your mission teams. Below is the announcement from the U.S. Embassy website. The link for the website is also included below.

https://gt.usembassy.gov/alert-covid-19-2/#:~:text=For%20all%20travelers%20aged%2010,arrival%20at%20the%20land%20border

Effective March 11, 2022, the Government of Guatemala has imposed the following COVID-related entry requirements:

Passengers who are Guatemalan citizens, foreigners, residents, accredited diplomats, or airline crew whose final destination is Guatemala must present one of the following:

  • For all travelers aged 12 and over:  Evidence of receiving a complete two-dose COVID-19 vaccination course (or one dose for Johnson & Johnson), with the final dose being administered at least two weeks before beginning your trip to Guatemala; or
  • For all travelers aged 10 and over:  Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test from a certified lab conducted no more than three (3) days prior to check in at the airport or arrival at the land border.
Below is the link to the same requirement, taken from the Guatemala government website.
 
 
Please make a note of these changes, and please share this information with your team members.
 
We are currently in the process of updating our website, and as we do, we will also list the travel requirements for all the countries served by E3 Volunteers. In the meantime, if you have questions regarding travel requirements, please feel free to contact David Singleton at 731-434-9200 or david@e3volunteers.org.
 

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. 

Mitigation Practices

Masks
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
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.

Personal Sanitization
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.

Lodging
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. 

Transportation
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:

Quarantine
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.

Disinfecting Belongings
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.

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