Uruguay on Monday reopened its borders to foreigners who have been fully vaccinated and can take a negative PCR test for COVID-19.
“We are telling the world that Uruguay can welcome tourists with all the health guarantees,” said Deputy Tourism Minister Remo Monzeglio after welcoming the first visitors to Carrasco International Airport.
The move came weeks before the start of summer in the southern hemisphere and was seen as the key to the local economy’s recovery.
In 2019, Uruguay hosted 3.2 million foreign visitors, who contributed about 8 percent of GDP. The figure dropped last year due to pandemic restrictions.
The South American country aims to establish itself as a safe destination thanks to the success of its vaccination campaign, with nearly 74 percent of the population fully vaccinated, and nearly half of the population receiving a booster vaccine.
Uruguay has recorded 393,899 cases of COVID-19 and 6,078 deaths from the disease, according to the latest official figures.
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