The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged governments to rescind the travel ban imposed due to the Omicron variant coronavirus.
Since the Omicron variant began spreading in other countries on a large scale, governments have reimposed their preventive measures, such as travel bans and other restrictions, to stop the virus from spreading further. However, such measures are criticized by many organizations and authorities, TheSchengen.com reports.
Recently, the World Health Organization called on governments to find alternative ways in their fight against the Corona virus and its new strains, instead of imposing bans and other restrictions.
A blanket travel ban will not prevent international spread, and it also places a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods. In addition, it could negatively impact global health efforts during a pandemic by discouraging countries from reporting and sharing epidemiological and continuum data,” said the statement published by the World Health Organization.
In addition, WHO stressed that all countries should ensure that measures are updated, taking into account the epidemiological situation in other regions.
The International Air Transport Association urged governments around the world to follow the WHO’s call and rescind the travel ban.
After nearly two years with Corona, we know a lot about the virus and the inability of travel restrictions to control its spread. But the discovery of the Omicron variant caused immediate amnesia for governments that implemented unexpected restrictions in complete violation of WHO advice, IATA Director General Willie Walsh noted in this regard.
The association also called on governments to reconsider all measures imposed to stop the spread of the virus. The International Air Transport Association stressed that it is unacceptable that hasty decisions cause fear and uncertainty among travelers.
Since the Omicron variant began, governments have begun to tighten controls that primarily affect non-vaccinated people and people traveling from high-risk areas.
Based on the latest report of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), approximately 337 cases of the Omicron variant have been recorded in a total of 21 countries in the European Union and the European Economic Area.
Out of a total of 21 EU/EEA countries, Denmark has the highest rate of omicron infections. The Danish authorities confirmed 83 cases of Omicron, followed by Portugal 37, the Netherlands 36, France 32, and Norway 29.
According to ECDC figures, the other countries that have identified cases of Omicron infection are
Austria (15), Belgium (14), Croatia (3), Czech (2), Estonia (6), Finland (9), Germany (15), Greece (3), Iceland (12), as well as Italy (11) Latvia (2), Romania (2), Liechtenstein (1), Ireland (1), Sweden (13) and Spain (11).
The center stressed earlier that it is likely that in the coming weeks, the effectiveness of travel-related measures will represent a significant decline, and the regions should prepare for a rapid and deliberate de-escalation of these measures.