Since January 2021 there have been 14 confirmed cases of Covid-19 detected at the Cancun International Airport. One of those passengers evaded airport authorities before instructions on quarantine and other protocols were given.
Communications director of Health Services, Hector Sosa confirmed in a recent interview that authorities cannot detain people after a positive Covid-19 test. Even though there are standardized guidelines for the Epidemiological and Laboratory Surveillance of Viral Respiratory Disease of the Federal Ministry of Health, Authorities cannot detain a person after receiving a positive test result.
After 30 minutes of searching the airport, authorities were unsuccessful in finding the passenger who took off. “Confinement is optional but we still need to provide citizens with instructions on what they need to do next. For example, isolation and scheduling a follow up test. There are protocols and supports in place to help travelers navigate so there is no reason to evade authorities.” Sosa said.
The worst thing that could happen is that you get denied access and get sent back home. This was the case for a Russian traveler back in February. He was flying from Chiapas to Cancun when he tested positive for Covid-19. Once they received confirmation of the positive results airport authorities apparently arranged a connecter flight through Mexico City to re route the traveler back home to Russia.
In some cases where a flight back home is not possible, some airports like The Cancun International Airport have spaces available to isolate tourists until other arrangements have been made. Media manager, Verónica González Equiver, has had an inside look on these isolation spaces and has reported that there are 3 rooms approximately 1.50 x 2.85 meters in size.
The Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo, Marisol Vanegas Pérez has stressed the importance of having certified health bubbles to help protect tourists. Certified tourism service providers have to follow up to 14 protocols in order to guarentee the safety of visitors, from the time they arrive to when they depart back to their city of origin.
“In order for a company to receive certification, it must meet over 200 different requirements. From how they record temperatures right down to how their food is delivered is overlooked to ensure all necessary protocols are being executed. Ensuring the safety of our guests is top priority.” Vanegas explained.
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