The reopening of Christ the Redeemer International Pass after months closed and in the middle of the third wave of the pandemic Covid-19 It did not happen in the most neat and organized way that we can say. On Tuesday January 4, the Chilean authorities authorized the reopening of the most important step that connects land route to Chile with Argentina for those who intend to travel with tourist purposes -for cargo and as a sanitary corridor it was always enabled-.
However, 10 days after having authorized the opening for cars and groups that wanted to cross to one side or the other for tourist purposes, this late friday in the afternoon Chilean authorities of the Integrated System decided close traffic for tourists and maintain the measure until further notice. A contagion outbreak between trans-Andean customs workers and a measure of force of his colleagues demanding measures that guarantee the security of their functions were the trigger for the situation.
However, and according to the Argentine side, this measure it was never made official by the border and national authorities of Chile. In fact, the General Coordinator of the Cristo Redentor International Passage on the Argentine side, Just Jose Bascolo noted that Argentine officials were notified informally of the measure. However, almost 16 hours before the closure for tourists (around 8 pm on Friday), there has been no official communication of the Government of Chile to announce the decision and its reasons yet.
Argentines adrift and unanswered
The decision to suspend the traffic to tourists who were in the Paso Cristo Redentor, both to enter Chile and to leave for Argentina, left more than 50 tourists who had already arrived at border complex on the Chilean side adrift on the Argentine side. “The conflict comes from the side Chilean and on that side is the total responsibility of this sloppiness. They didn’t even notify the Argentine authorities or tell us that this was going to happen, so that on this side we will take measures to prevent people from going up. Although there was conversations so that people who wanted to cross and were already upstairs would be allowed to pass. The liberators the system that works hisopado of people worked until yesterday (for the friday) at 20 and then it was interrupted” Báscolo told Via Mendoza.
Many of the persons who traveled through sightseeing and they stayed at derives they should return to their homes, while many others remained in Uspallatawaiting for some confirmation or new news. However, since there is no concrete formalization of the closure, there is also no idea when it might resume the passage for tourist purposes.
“They are keeping meetings for these hours and, we believe, that today they should take a decision on whether to reopen tomorrow or not”, continued the Argentine coordinator of the integrated system.
More than 400 trucks on the route
Although the transit of freight transport (trucks) has not been interrupted, it advances at a rate more than slow, and this has led to there being more than 400 trucks with their drivers standing on the side of the road in Uspallata, Punta de Vacas and Las Cuevas.
“If you are swabbing between 5 and 10 truckers per hour in the Liberators. So this leads to traffic jam on the route, a bottleneck is armed. Since last night the trucks they are entering dropper to Los Libertadores”, explained Báscolo, who was forceful: “This generates a tremendous impact in normal traffic goods and services between countries”.
is the staff of Gendarmerie who is taking care of retain the trucks and locate them while they wait in Las Cuevas, Punta de Vacas and Uspallata. They are also the ones who go regulating the output, to the extent that the Chilean complex is being cleared.