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“Protected tourist”, the new Brazilian health security seal

The Ministry of Tourism will certify establishments that implement good practices in biosecurity.

While gradually reestablishing its tourist operation after the resumption of domestic flights (and despite the exponential increase in cases of coronavirus ), Brazil developed a biosafety seal to bring peace of mind to its passengers. “Safe tourist” will be delivered by the Ministry of Tourism (MTur) to establishments that implement and certify their good practices.

In the framework of the National Tourism Day, which was celebrated in Brazil last Friday, May 8, the country’s Ministry of Tourism announced the launch of the “Protected Tourist” seal , the first stage of the program that will create health security protocols and good practices for each segment of the sector.

As reported by the portfolio, the program seeks to certify those activities that guarantee compliance, for example, with the hygiene and cleaning requirements for the prevention of COVID-19 . In principle, they anticipated that 16 good practice protocols are envisaged , which will seek to be segmented according to specificities, depending on whether they are accommodations, travel agencies, car rental companies, transporters, theme parks, entertainment spaces and tourist guides. In this regard, they announced that the guide for each category will be released in the coming days .

The “Protected Tourist” seal issued by Brazil to certify biosecurity establishments in the sector

The creation of the seal of good practices on issues related to biosafety is the first stage of the Brazilian Tourism Recovery Plan , coordinated by the MTur, to minimize the impacts of the pandemic and prepare the sector for a gradual return to activities.

The “Safe Tourist” seal will be linked to the Registry of Tourism Service Providers (Cadastur) , and implies that each company must know and advise tourists on how to comply with basic precautions for the prevention of coronavirus , including basic asepsis procedures, daily control of fever, control of cough or difficulty breathing, according to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health for surface cleaning and treatment of clothes in establishments.

“This policy of the Ministry of Tourism is aligned with the best global practices, and is yet another action in the portfolio with an eye toward resuming tourism activity across the country,” said the minister, Marcelo Álvaro Antônio.

And, in that aspect, he added: “We are going to go ahead and make sure that the tourist’s wishes for a safer trip are fulfilled .”

It is worth noting that Brazil has already begun a gradual opening of its tourist structure, despite the fact that cases continue to multiply exponentially in its territory and it is currently one of the most affected countries on the planet, accumulating to date more than 163,000 patients infected and more than 11,000 deceased.