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IATA Says the World Is Finally Reopening Its Borders for Travel

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said that since COVID-19 has already entered its endemic phase, the reopening of borders and the easing of travel restrictions has begun, praising the move by many of the world’s governments to open borders.

The IATA’s latest study of travel restrictions for the world’s 50 major air travel markets, which accounted for 88 percent of international demand in 2019, has revealed growing accessibility for vaccinated travelers, reports.

In a press release issued on March 17, Thursday, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that in 2019 25 markets that accounted for 38 percent of total travel demand were declared open to travelers and without quarantine procedures or testing requirements.

“38 markets representing 65 percent of 2019 international demand are open to vaccinated travelers without quarantine requirements – up from 28 markets (50 percent of 2019 international demand) in mid-February,” the statement said.

In this regard, IATA Director-General Willie Walsh said the news regarding the increased momentum towards reopening borders and easing travel restrictions shows that the reopened destinations will receive a much-needed economic boost from the upcoming travel seasons in Easter and the summer north.

“Asia is the outside. We hope that recent relaxations including Australia, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Pakistan and the Philippines will pave the way towards restoring the freedom of travel that is widely enjoyed in other parts of the world.”

The International Air Transport Association also revealed that the most dangerous flight from COVID-19 restrictions remains in Asia.

In terms of international traffic, North America and Europe rebounded to -42 percent from their 2019 peak last year, while traffic in Asia Pacific remained at -88 percent.

This relaxation of measures was made based on assessments that travel restrictions such as border closures, or even quarantines do little to control the spread of COVID-19.

In addition, a previous report by OXERA and Edge Health concluded that travel restrictions could delay the peak of the wave by only a few days after seeing the spread of the Omicron variant in Europe.

IATA passenger surveys during the pandemic have shown that testing, especially quarantines, are the main barriers to travel.

In a statement on March 10, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that in an effort to stem the spread of the Omicron variant and due to travel restrictions imposed, air data recovery slowed in January 2022 compared to December 2021 for both domestic and international flights. Travel.

Meanwhile, total demand for air travel in January 2022 increased by 82.3 percent compared to January 2021, but compared to the previous month, December 2021 decreased by 4.9 percent.

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