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World: WFP Latin America Caribbean Region COVID-19 Logistics Situation Update #5 | 12 August 2020

Countries: Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico (The United States of America), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, World Source: World Food Programme Please refer to the attached file. 1. Highlights Constraints Lockdown Several countries have extended nationwide quarantine including Argentina until 16 August 2020 and Colombia until 30 August 2020. Other countries have so far refrained from imposing more severe measures despite record numbers of daily cases, such as Brazil and Mexico.
Air Several countries have postponed the re-opening of their airports for commercial passenger flights: 10-15-16 August: Honduras, Bolivia and C 17 August: Argentina and Chile (only open to residents and nationals); 31 August: Ecuador and Pa 1-2 September: Peru and Costa Rica (only open to residents, nationals and tourists from EU, UK and Canada); 4 September: El Salvador. Although many countries are extending closures for commercial passenger flights, an increased activity of U.S. Carriers in Central America and the Caribbean is being observed. In addition to that, European Carriers are also adding frequencies and new destinations for their repatriation operations. For Panama, Copa Airlines will be resuming its operations from Tocumen Airport (Panama City) as of 1 August 2020 but only for Panamanian nationals and residents and with a very limited capacity. Land Paraguay reopened its land borders with Brazil for cross border cargo transport with small and medium trucks. Bolivia: following postponement of the Bolivian General Elections, protesters are blocking 30 points on the highways around La Paz, El Alto, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz. Cross-border transport with Argentina and Brazil has resumed. Sea Northern Chilean Ports (Arica, Iquique) are only working 2 shifts of which only 1 is reserved for container deliveries. This is causing delays and additional costs for import shipments to Bolivia. All current deliveries from Chilean and Peruvian ports are being halted due to current civil unrest. Bolivian soya beans export shipments are significantly delayed (up to 3 days instead of 3 hours) at Peruvian and Chilean border crossing points before they reach ports of respective countries. Services Between 18 29 July, the WFP Panama Hub has received 6 charter flights loaded with critical health supply from WFP Guangzhou Hub. The first WFP passenger flight in the region took place on Wednesday 5 August, transporting humanitarian staff between Colombia and Mexico. The current confirmed Humanitarian Passenger Air Transport Service flights schedule for the region is as follows: 13 August: Bogota Panama City Bogota 13 August: Mexico City San Pedro Sula Panama City 14 August: Panama City Caracas Panama City Mexico City 19 August: Bogota Mexico City Bogota 24 August: Panama City Port-au-Prince Panama City 24 August: Panama City Mexico City Port-au-Prince Panama City Bookings must be made as soon as possible through the Humanitarian Booking Hub and no later than 7 days before the flights.


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