Colombia has become the first country in Latin America with a Tourism Biosecurity Stamp.

The stamp has been created by the country’s ministry of commerce, industry and tourism in partnership with tourism agency Procolombia, and with support from the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

It is hoped the introduction of the stamp will generate confidence among travellers, encourage tourism to the country and minimise the risk of the virus spreading.

Deputy minister of tourism Julian Guerrero encouraged companies in the travel and hospitality sectors – including hotels and restaurants – to implement the stamp and to follow biosecurity measures.

Once companies have a stamp it will be valid for two years.

UNWTO secretary general Zurab Pololokashvili expressed support for the initiative and praised the country for its efforts.