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ACI Calls on Governments to Implement Evidence-Based Travel Measures

Airports Council International (ACI) has called on governments to cooperate and enforce evidence-based travel procedures.

The spread of the COVID-19 variant Omicron has led authorities in European countries to reimpose travel restrictions in an effort to keep the epidemiological situation under control and prevent a further increase in the number of infections, reports.

Although these preventive measures were imposed in response to the recent increase in the number of infections, these measures were not welcomed by some organizations and authorities calling on governments to keep their doors open in order to stop another devastating situation. For many sectors, including the travel and tourism industry that have been hit hard by the spread of COVID-19 and its new strains.

Recently, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments to lift the travel ban and allow the travel process to continue, despite the current increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

The International Air Transport Association urged the country’s authorities to follow the recommendations of the World Health Organization and keep their borders open.

Previously, the World Health Organization called on governments to find alternative ways to deal with the current epidemiological situation and not to impose travel bans and other restrictions as a response to the epidemiological situation.

ACI supports the call for other organizations such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) as well as the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to take risk-based travel measures. which are coordinated in all countries.

In addition, the ACI called on authorities to adopt harmonized health credentials for testing and vaccination that should be accepted across borders.

In this regard, ACI World Director General, Luis Filipe de Oliveira, stressed that travel bans and border closures are not solutions.

“Aviation stakeholders want to be part of the solution to safely restore international travel, but we urgently need governments to coordinate among themselves and collaborate with the aviation ecosystem. This was agreed at a recent global conference at the International Civil Aviation Organization, and governments should Now continue through it,” he noted in this regard.

The ACI Director emphasized the value and functionality that the aviation and tourism sector provides, “Protecting populations with the right risk-based approach will improve the social, health, and economic conditions of the communities we serve.”

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