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Cruise company suspends season in Uruguay: government efforts with Brazil to make protocols more flexible without results for now

“The company worked together with the Brazilian authorities to carry out the season, however, last minute delays in the approval for the arrival of international cruises to Brazil, have forced Costa Cruises to review the Costa Fascinosa itinerary,” the statement said. from the cruise company.

A week ago the Mercosur Tourism Ministers met where they agreed to request the health authorities of their countries to coordinate the protocols for the land entry of tourists. The Minister of Tourism, Tabaré Viera, asked his Brazilian counterpart in particular to commit to making the measures that hinder the arrival of cruise ships in Uruguay more flexible.

Gilson Machado, the Brazilian minister, promised to carry out the management, although he clarified that this determination must be made by the health hierarchies of his country, according to El País reported on October 22.

Viera warned at a press conference that his Brazil made the protocol more flexible; cruises could reach Uruguay, but not in the expected amount.

The government of Jair Bolsonaro only enables cruise ships to carry out cabotage trips (it means that each country decides what to do with its borders and income requirements such as mandatory quarantines or requiring pcr results). This situation caused some companies to rule out coming to the southern cone.

This Friday it was known that Costa Cruises suspends its summer season in Argentina and Uruguay after the decision of the Brazilian government to restrict cruises due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The company worked together with the Brazilian authorities to carry out the season, however, last minute delays in the approval for the arrival of international cruises to Brazil, have forced Costa Cruises to review the Costa Fascinosa itinerary,” the company said. through a statement, according to Telemundo.

“The reasons expressed oblige us to carry out a domestic season in Brazil,” adds the text.

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