02 Feb Travel Tech Calls For End Of Pre-Departure COVID-19 Testing For Inbound Vaccinated Travelers
On January 19, 2022, The World Health Organization recommended the following to state parties:
“Lift or ease international traffic bans as they do not provide added value and continue to contribute to the economic and social stress experienced by States Parties. The failure of travel restrictions introduced after the detection and reporting of Omicron variant to limit the international spread of Omicron demonstrates the ineffectiveness of such measures over time.”
Steve Shur, President of Travel Tech, issued the following statement suggesting rebuilding the global travel and tourism sector by taking a risk-based, data-driven, long-term approach to the endemic:
“Travel Tech’s members who maintain the transparent and competitive marketplace for travel, urge the US Government to act on behalf of travel consumers globally, who desperately want to get back to seeing family and friends, business travel and exploring the wonders of the world.
With the recently announced WHO recommendations, Travel Tech fully supports revising US international travel restrictions that are aligned with prevailing data-driven methodologies while calculating potential risks. Travel Tech urges the US government to eliminate the 24-hour pre-departure testing requirement for vaccinated inbound passengers.
Governments around the globe continue implementing and revising a wide variety of vaccination, testing, and quarantine requirements. These measures failed to prevent the spread of Covid. Restrictions slowed the recovery of our collective economies and the travel and tourism industry overall. Reconsideration of these policies is overdue. The UK, Italy, Denmark, and others are leading by relaxing travel restrictions. The US can’t afford to wait any longer.”
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