aviation

IATA Commends Countries Opening Border to Vaccinated Travellers

May 22, 2021

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has commended the growing number of countries making data and evidence-driven decisions to open their borders to vaccinated travelers.

The global body said the latest data collected by IATA, including its Timatic service, showed that more than 20 countries have wholly or partially lifted restrictions for vaccinated travelers.

IATA expressed support for unrestricted access to travel for vaccinated travelers. In cases where vaccination is not possible, access to quarantine-free travel should be provided through COVID-19 testing strategies based on widely available, free-of-charge tests.

“Germany is among the latest countries to make quarantine alleviations for vaccinated travelers. Vaccinated travelers are no longer subject to quarantine measures (except from certain high-risk countries). Germany has also removed quarantine requirements for travelers with a negative COVID-19 test result (except from certain high-risk countries).

“The German government decision followed a review of scientific advice from the world-renowned Robert Koch Institute (RKI), which concluded that vaccinated travelers are no longer significant in the spread of the disease and do not pose a major risk to the German population. “Specifically, it stated that vaccination reduces risk of COVID-19 transmission to levels below the risk from a false negative rapid antigen test,” it added.

IATA stated that the implementation of the policy aligns with recommendations from both the European Commission and the European Parliament, based on similar scientific advice from the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC).
On the benefits of full vaccination, the ECDC said, “based on the limited evidence available, the likelihood of an infected vaccinated person transmitting the disease is currently assessed to be very low to low.”

The body also said similar conclusions are being reached on the other side of the Atlantic. In the US, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has noted that “with a 90 per cent effective vaccine, pre-travel testing, post-travel testing, and 7-day self-quarantine provide minimal additional benefit.”

“A safe opening of borders to international travel is the goal. And scientific evidence and data such as that presented by RKI, ECDC and USC CDC should be the basis for the decision-making needed to achieve that. There is increasing scientific evidence that vaccination is not only protecting people but also dramatically reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission,” said IATA’s Director General, Willie Walsh.

thisdaylive

aviation

Directorate General of Civil Aviation, U...
June 22, 2021
Tunisair announces transfer of its fligh...
June 20, 2021
Tunisair Express soon on Tunis-Rome rout...
June 16, 2021