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CARPHA's new Healthier Safer Tourism stamp to include cruise ships

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is launching the Caribbean Travelers Health Assurance stamp for Healthier Safer Tourism (HST).

This is a measurable and verifiable stamp for tourism entities and destinations and, in future, cruise ships, that are implementing the recommended proactive COVID-19 health monitoring and safety measures.

The stamp has been officially approved by the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.

Caribbean Traveler's Health mobile app

Hospitality facilities earning the HST stamp will be listed as preferred options on the Caribbean Traveler's Health mobile app. Awardees will also be listed on the websites of CARPHA and Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, with links to regional and international health and tourism stakeholders.

Cruise ships to be included

Dr. Lisa Indar, director of surveillance and head of CARPHA's Traveler’s Health Program, said the app will be expanded next year to include cruise ships that have been awarded the stamp.

The app is a multifaceted, health information repository designed for travelers and health and tourism stakeholders. It provides information for each Caribbean destination, including vaccination requirements, health care facilities and accommodations listings. It also provides alerts of current public health issues, COVID-19 proactive/prevention measures and travel requirements by country (testing, health screening, pre-approval and tracking).

The app links directly to CARPHA’s COVID-19 situation reports, guidelines and the Traveler’s Health Program.

Other measures to build regional health security

CARPHA’s COVID-19 health measures for tourism are aimed at building travelers’ assurance, tourism resilience and regional health security. The measures include using the Tourism and Health Information System, a web-based, early warning and response information system to capture illnesses in real time to reduce spread and reputational damage.

Further measures include certified training in COVID-19 health measures for the hospitality sector, including testing, masks, social distancing, handwashing hygiene, sanitization and response from visitor arrival to departure; guidelines and checklists; and hospitality health, safety and environmental sanitation operational standards.

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