The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has argued that travel restrictions do not affect rates of COVID-19 infection and that governments should find other solutions to mitigate infection risks.
In addition, the association indicated that the government’s decision to ban the movement of arrivals from South African countries or impose travel restrictions in general, does not have a significant impact on the matter as the data shows that in December 2020 / January 2021, the majority of countries were imposing quarantine requirements on Arrivals from high-risk areas.
However, these preventive measures did not reduce infection rates. On the contrary, the world has seen some of the most significant infections, with more than five million positive cases recorded on average, TheSchengen.com reports.
The IATA notes in a press release: “Peaks and declines in new COVID-19 infections occurred even as international travel restrictions remained stable throughout 2021, and the continued increase in cases occurred in 2020 even though restrictions were at their highest.” .
The same noted that travel restrictions had fundamentally altered societies and economies, with capacity and revenue halved and families and individuals from congregating.
Furthermore, the main findings include:
In January-April 2020, when little or no measures were imposed, COVID-19 infection rates were well below 1,000, and with travel restrictions imposed, the number of cases soared. When the screening procedure was introduced for travelers, global positive cases reached 2,000, which occurred around August 2020. Furthermore, when quarantine requirements were imposed on travelers from high-risk areas, positive rates stabilized at 4,000, followed by higher rates. Over the course of the months, this has tightened entry rules.
In April/May 2021 governments saw the highest infection rates of nearly six million, despite tighter entry rules for travelers.
Additionally, in the IATA blog post, several experts put their two years on the matter, all criticizing the entry ban policy and travel restrictions, saying the travel ban is based on policy and does not serve the safety of the public. the health.
“We’ve seen in the past that when there is any mention of a variant, everyone closes borders and restricts travel. It’s really important that we remain open and focused on characterizing the problem, not penalizing countries for doing outstanding scientific work and being open and transparent about what they’re watching and what they’re discovering,” Mike Ryan, executive director of the global health organization, said.
Moreover, the co-chair of the Australian Vaccine Delivery Alliance, Ayoade Alakija, argued why the travel ban should be imposed on Africa when the virus has already been detected on three other continents.