Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) technical guidance: Points of entry and mass gatherings

Questions and answers on mass gatherings and COVID-19

Technical Guidance

Management of ill travellers at Points of Entry – international airports, seaports and ground crossings – in the context of COVID-19 outbreak

66顺彩票appThis document aims to provide advice on the detection and management of ill travellers suspected of COVID-19 infection, at international airports, ports and ground crossings. It includes the following measures; 1)Detection of ill travellers; 2) Interview of ill travellers for COVID-19; 3) Reporting of alerts of ill travellers with suspected COVID-19 infection and 4) Isolation, initial case management and referral of ill travellers with suspected COVID-19 infection.

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Key planning recommendations for Mass Gatherings in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak (Interim guidance)

The purpose of this document is to outline key planning considerations for organizers of mass gatherings in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. It should be read in conjunction with WHO’s Public Health for Mass Gatherings: Key Considerations. which provides general advice on the public health aspects of mass gathering events. It is also adapted from WHO’s interim planning considerations previously released for mass gatherings in the context of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza, and International meetings attended by individuals from Ebola virus disease-affected countries.


Online course for public health preparedness for mass gathering events

This project aims to support host nations in delivering a safe and successful event, as part of WHO’s ongoing support to countries in strengthening the International Health Regulations capacities for prevention, detection and response to the public health events in the context of hosting mass gathering events.

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Public health preparedness and response for aviation sector

66顺彩票appHandbook for the Management of Public Health Events in Air Transport

66顺彩票appThis handbook was developed in collaboration with the International Civil Aviation Organization. It is intended to help competent authorities at airports to implement a risk based approach to public health events in a consistent manner and assist in determining interventions that are commensurate to the risks, while avoiding unnecessary interference with international traf?c and trade.


Public health preparedness and response for maritime sector

WHO has published several technical guidance, developed in collaboration with the Maritime sectors, for routine inspection on board ships and for public health emergency response to the public health events on board ships and at ports.

Operational considerations for managing COVID-19 cases/outbreak on board ships

To assist WHO Member States, all State Parties to the International Health Regulations (IHR), in managing individual case or outbreaks on board ships in the context of COVID-19, by outlining operational considerations to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on board ships, while avoiding unnecessary interference with international traffic and trade.

The target audience of this documents is any authority involved in public health response to a COVID-19 public health event on board ships, including IHR National Focal Points (NFP), port health authorities, local, provincial and national health surveillance and response system, as well as port operators and ship operators.

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Handbook for the management of public health events on board ships

To assist States Parties in contingency planning and implementation of health measures on board ships or in ports, WHO developed a generic guidance addressing all public health risks and related rules and regulations. 

66顺彩票appAccording to IHR, competent authorities at ports are responsible for responding to events that pose a risk to public health. These events are identified through notifications by ships or other competent authorities, during a ship inspection or even through other informal routes such as media reports. Events may be caused by biological, chemical or radiological agents. Event management involves event identification, verification, risk assessment and response.

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Handbook for the inspection of ships and issuance of ship sanitation certificates

This handbook is intended to be used as reference material for port health officers, regulators, ship operators and other competent authorities in charge of implementing the IHR (2005) at ports and on ships. The handbook is based on the IHR (2005) provisions regarding ship inspection and issue of SSCs. They provide guidance for preparing and performing the inspection, completing the certificates and applying public health measures within the framework of the IHR (2005).

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