IATA Urges Global Governments To Adopt WHO Travel Rules

  • The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged countries to implement the World Health Organization’s updated travel guidelines (WHO).

The guideline suggests using a “risk-based approach” to adopting Covid-19 and foreign travel precautions.

Specifically, WHO recommended that governments:

  • Mandatory proof of Covid-19 vaccination is not necessary. 
  • For passengers who are completely vaccinated or have had a proven prior Covid-19 infection within the last six months and are no longer contagious, procedures such as testing and/or quarantine restrictions may be relaxed.
  • Ensure that unvaccinated persons have alternate paths to international travel through testing. For this reason, the WHO advises using rRT-PCR tests, also known as antigen detection rapid diagnostic tests (Ag-RDTs), followed by confirmation rRT-PCR testing on positive samples.
  • Implement risk-based testing and/or quarantine measures for overseas travellers, with rules on testing and quarantine being reviewed on a regular basis to ensure they are lifted when no longer necessary.

Furthermore, WHO urged countries to consider bilateral, multilateral, and regional agreements, particularly with neighbouring countries, “with the goal of aiding the recovery of essential socioeconomic activities,” such as tourism, which relies heavily on international travel.

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