The topics for discussion on this portal have already been analyzed by multiple actors. In this repository, the GS / OAS brings together some of them, as one more contribution to the discussion. This repository has two sections: In the Policy section, we will integrate information on policies relevant to the issues under discussion that are being implemented by Member States, Observer States and other States of the world. In Studies we will include analyzes, reports and reports published by academic institutions, think tanks, international and multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations and private entities, all of them of recognized prestige, which are relevant to the conversation. The OAS will publish these articles and reports in their original language.

Emergency response by Civil Registry and Identification Offices during the COVID-19 pandemic

Impact, best practices, and innovative initiatives implemented in Latin America and the Caribbean

  • 15 January 2021
Emergency response by Civil Registry and Identification Offices during the COVID-19 pandemic

The publication contains a review and analysis of nineteen Latin American and Caribbean countries on three general areas: a) The impact of COVID-19 on the provision of services of civil registries and identification offices; b) Good practices implemented by the civil registry and identification offices to respond to the effects of the pandemic and; c) Innovative initiatives promoted to guarantee the continuous registration of vital events and the issuance of identity documents that prove nationality in emergency contexts. The document also includes summaries of specific actions implemented by each of the countries part of the study.

ITALY - Vice Minister Del Re Promotes a Coordinated global response to the pandemic

  • 10 September 2020

Intervened during the first meeting of the newly established "Facilitation Council" of the Accelerator ACT - Access to COVID-19 Tools, noting “(..) we will contribute additional funds that will bring Italy's overall contribution to equitable access to vaccines for all, to over 100 million dollars”, while also underlining the importance of effective multilateralism to “to achieve the goal of equitable access to life-saving tools for all and everywhere”. The Vice Minister also underscored Italy's full commitment also during the next G20 Presidency, "where we will keep the response to the pandemic, global health and support to the ACT Accelerator as priorities".

BELIZE - Regulations, 2020 - Statutory Instrument NO. 122 of 2020

  • 3 September 2020

Comes into effect on August 26, 2020. At 12:01 a.m. the special lock down for the villages of Guinea Grass, Santa Martha, and Shipyard will expire and they will now be governed by the regulations that apply to the rest of Belize. Special regulations remain in effect for Ambergris Caye. Under this new amendment, there is a penalty of one year imprisonment for any individual found to be bribing any member of the security forces. Furthermore, any member of the security forces found to be extorting an individual under the guise of their office is liable to one year imprisonment.

UKRAINE: Government Singles Out Certain Categories of Foreign Citizens Who Will be Able to Enter Ukraine During the Restricted Period

  • 27 August 2020

Ukraine imposes temporary restrictions on the entry of foreigners and stateless persons to Ukraine. The restrictions will apply onward from 00:00, August 28 until 00:00, September 28, 2020. At the same time, exceptions have been made for the broadest possible list of traveler categories, in order to mitigate the impact on people-to-people and business contacts.

HONDURAS - Consejo de Ministros aprueba retomar desde mañana la fase 1 para la reactivación económica

  • 29 July 2020

El Gobierno de la República reitera que las medidas aquí descritas tienen como fin único la preservación de la vida, la salud, así como la preservación de losempleos e ingresos de las familias hondureñas.

ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES - New Process to Detect COVID-19 Cases Implemented

  • 27 July 2020

The public is advised that all protocols will be revised as necessary, based on the changing nature of the COVID-19 disease and compliance of the public and travellers to St. Vincent and The Grenadines. The importance of strict compliance to all quarantine and isolation orders is paramount. It is only by complying with these orders and the use of masks in public spaces that the spread of COVID-19 can be controlled in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

GUATEMALA - Prórroga por 30 días del estado de calamidad púbica

  • 27 July 2020

La prórroga del estado de calamidad pública antes referida se decreta en virtud que a la fecha continúa la propagación y efectos de la epidemia COVID-19 y sus consecuencias de riesgos a la vida y salud de las personas.

COSTA RICA - Apertura de vuelos comerciales al país inicia el 01 de agosto con trayectos limitados desde Europa

  • 23 July 2020

El país logró recibir el sello Safe Travels o Destino Seguro del Consejo Mundial de Viajes y Turismo (WTTC, por sus siglas en inglés), gracias a la implementación de los 16 protocolos sanitarios para las actividades turísticas.

“Para conseguir el sello debimos enviar los protocolos a revisión a la WTTC, los aprobaron y ahora viene una tercera etapa con el proceso para sub-licenciar a las empresas turísticas costarricenses y promover el uso del sello. El éxito del sello requiere que todos pequeña, mediana y gran empresa, así como los colaboradores y turistas, cumplamos las medidas de sanidad contra la pandemia”, señaló Gustavo Segura, Ministro Rector de Turismo.

Costa Rica se une Aruba, Portugal, Dubai, Turquía, Egipto, Ucrania y las ciudades españolas de Sevilla y Benidorm, como sitios con sello Safe Travels.

REPÚBLICA DOMINICANA – Estado de emergencia nacional por rebrote de COVID-19

  • 23 July 2020

El Señor Presidente de la República Dominicana Lic. Danilo Medina, ha declarado el Estado de Emergencia Nacional por un periodo de cuarenta y cinco ( 45 ) días debido al brote de coronavirus (COVID-19), en virtud de la autorización dada por el Congreso Nacional mediante la Resolución Núm.70-20 de fecha 19 de julio de 2020 , de acuerdo a lo dispuesto por la Constitución de la República Dominicana y en la Ley núm. 21-18 sobre la Regulación de los Estados de Excepción dispuestos en la Constitución de la República Dominicana, del 25 de mayo del 2018.

BELIZE - Arrangement of Regulations

  • 30 June 2020

Public health (prevention of the spread of Infectious Disease) (COVID-19) regulations, 2020.

Plan de recuperación económica “Ñapu’ã Paraguay” incluye fuerte componente de protección social, inversión pública y créditos para el desarrollo

  • 29 June 2020

El 29 de junio de 2020, el Gobierno de Paraguay presentó el Plan de Reactivación Económica, que incluye un paquete de medidas en tres ejes estratégicos como protección social, inversión pública para empleos y créditos para el desarrollo. Estas medidas irán acompañadas con reformas diseñadas para avanzar hacia una transformación del Estado paraguayo, indicaron. Como parte del plan, además de las inversiones vigentes, el Ejecutivo prevé un monto adicional de 350 millones de dólares a ser destinados a la compensación económica del Instituto de Previsión Social (IPS) a trabajadores cesados por la pandemia; subsidio económico Pytyvõ para las ciudades de frontera, dinamización de obras públicas; construcción de viviendas, así como financiamiento a productores a través del Fondo Ganadero y del Crédito Agrícola de Habilitación (CAH).

GUATEMALA - Aprobación del Estado de Calamidad y disposiciones presidenciales

  • 29 June 2020

Las medidas de observancia general por el bienestar de los habitantes son de aplicabilidad en todo el territorio de la República de Guatemala, en los lugares y transportes de cualquier clase sometidos a la jurisdicción nacional, siempre dentro del marco legal y con el respeto de todas las formas de organización social reconocidas en nuestra Nación.

National Guidelines for the Reopening of Belize's Tourism Sector

  • 29 June 2020

As some destinations have begun to re-open to international travel, the essence of this New Norm is emerging as well, with bio-security measures at its core. Much like our regional competitors, Belize has

been over the past two months working with industry partners to develop a set of national guidelines that our sector can stand guided by as we also seek the best possible strategy for a safe re-opening of our borders to international tourism. Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation.

CHINA - Fighting Covid-19 China in Action

  • 17 June 2020

The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China.

UKRAINE - Operation of all Border Checkpoints in Ukrainian Airports Have Been Restored

  • 15 June 2020

In accordance with the requirements of the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 477 of June 12, 2020, the operation of 15 checkpoints for air communication has been resumed.

As of today, June 15, all checkpoints across the State Border of Ukraine for air transportation are open. Shifts in border patrols have entered the service in sufficient amount to ensure the admission of persons both to depart from Ukraine and to arrive in our country.

BELIZE –Families and Children (Protection of Children) (Amendment) (NO. 4) Rregulations, 2020

  • 12 June 2020

The principal regulations are amended by repealing regulation 4 and replacing it with the following


  • 12 June 2020

Regulations made by the Governor-General in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by section 18(9) of the Belize Constitution, Chapter 4 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2011, and all other powers thereunto him enabling

PARAGUAY - Presentan informe sobre acciones del Gobierno Nacional ante el Covid-19

  • 5 June 2020

El Ministerio de Hacienda, a través de la Subsecretaría de Estado de Administración Financiera y la Dirección General de Presupuesto, elaboró el informe denominado “Paraguay ante la Pandemia”, completo compendio que pone a disposición de la toda la ciudadanía, cuyo objetivo es informar sobre las acciones adoptadas por el Gobierno Nacional en un escenario de crisis sanitaria, económica y social por el efecto del Covid-19.

BELIZE - Summary of Statutory Instrument No. 78 of 2020

  • 2 June 2020

Q&A’s of regulations made by the Governor-General

BELIZE – Statutory Instrument NO. 78 OF 2020

  • 30 May 2020

Regulations made by the Governor-General in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by section 18(9) of the Belize Constitution, Chapter 4 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2011, and all other powers thereunto him enabling.