The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged governments to avoid quarantine measures when re-opening their economies.
IATA is promoting a layered approach of measures to reduce the risk of countries importing Covid-19 via air travel and to mitigate the possibility of transmission in cases where people may travel while unknowingly being infected.
“Imposing quarantine measures on arriving travellers keeps countries in isolation and the travel and tourism sector in lockdown.
“Fortunately, there are policy alternatives that can reduce the risk of importing Covid-19 infections while still allowing for the resumption of travel and tourism that are vital to jumpstarting national economies.
“We are proposing a framework with layers of protection to keep sick people from traveling and to mitigate the risk of transmission should a traveller discover they were infected after arrival,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA director general.
IATA encourages a layering of bio-safety measures in two areas, firstly by reducing the risk of imported cases via travellers:
- Discouraging symptomatic passengers from traveling: It is important that passengers do not travel when ill. To encourage passengers to “do the right…