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Cover Plan of medical services for travelers and for loss, theft, or robbery of luggage

Resolution No. 008, issued by the Ministry of the People’s Power for Tourism, was published in Official Gazette No. 40,349 of February 5, 2014. Afterwards, in order to modify Resolution No. 008, the Ministry issued Resolution No. 015 that was published in Official Gazette No. 40,355 of February 13.  Resolution No. 015 contains the rules for acquiring a cover plan of medical services for travelers and for loss, theft or robbery of luggage (the “Cover Plan”).  Resolution No. 015 establishes that the persons traveling from or to the national territory (“Tourists”) must have a Cover Plan meeting the conditions established by the Ministry and the requirements prescribed in said Resolution.

 

Resolution No. 015 imposes several obligations on the providers of tourist services of international transport, providers of the Cover Plan, and Tourists. Travel and tourism agencies are not included as intermediaries for the acquisition of the Cover Plans.

 

According to Resolution No. 015, the providers of tourist services of international transport are under the obligation to request the Cover Plans from and offer them to the Tourists and to comply with all the other requirements prescribed in the Resolution. In the case of Tourists that travel out of the national territory, the providers of services of international air tourist transport must hire the services of a company providing a Cover Plan, in the terms required in Resolution No. 015, before February 15, 2014.  After March 31, 2014, they must request the Cover Plans from and offer them to the Tourists.  In the case of Tourists who travel to the national territory, the providers of services of international air tourist transport must request a Cover Plan as from May 1, 2014. In the case of Tourists traveling from or to the national territory, the providers of services of ground and water tourist transport must request a Cover Plan as from May 1, 2014.

 

The providers of Cover Plans must be previously authorized by the Ministry and they may only contract for representation or intermediation in order to offer the Cover Plans with the providers of services of international air tourist transport, duly registered with the National Tourist Registry and with a license granted by the Ministry.  In addition to other obligations prescribed in Resolution No. 015, the providers of Cover Plans must place sales points in all international ports and airports and border posts of the national territory. The providers of Cover Plans must meet this requirement no later than May 1, 2014.

 

Resolution No. 105, published in Official Gazette of December 4, 2013 and Resolution No. 108, published in Official Gazette of December 17, 2013 were repealed.

 

Resolution No. 015 became effective upon its publication in the Official Gazette.

 

In order to access Resolution No. 015, please click here.

 

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