Governments should build on commitments made at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which aim to improve travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the world aviation authority (IATA) has urged.
According to a press release from IATA, the International Air Transport Association, countries should follow through on the commitments they made during the High Level Conference on COVID-19 (HLCC), which includes 14 actions, simply stated by two major commitments, TheSchengen.com reports.
“We commit to taking effective measures to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 and other infectious diseases by international air travel, in particular by implementing the ICAO CART Guidelines,” reveals the first commitment.
Furthermore, through this commitment, governments pledge to encourage the coordination of risk management strategies in member states to restore international aviation and support the global economy. Furthermore, governments have announced economic revitalization to improve the sustainability of aviation in the social, environmental and economic spheres.
Governments have also sworn to mutual recognition and provision of access to digital applications, secure communication and verification of COVID-19 related tests, vaccination, and recovery certification by protecting user privacy and personal data at the same time.
“We commit to promoting, to the extent possible, a coordinated and comprehensive approach to facilitating safe international air travel, including easing or waiving testing and/or quarantine requirements for vaccinated or fully recovered passengers, taking into account the different circumstances of each individual country and their national policies.” As stated in the second commitment.
Furthermore, the second commitment reveals that member states intend to build a risk-based approach to international travel by following WHO guidelines. They pledge to respect travelers’ choice not to get vaccinated with exemptions in many areas, allowing IATA to increase travelers’ confidence toward restoring international aviation.
Willie Walsh, Director of IATA, also revealed that the IATA Travel Pass is already being implemented by several airlines and called on governments to prepare for document processing through digital solutions as demand grows.
Walsh also highlighted that while some governments have already begun to implement a more travel friendly environment for travelers, the United States’ easing of entry restrictions has paved the way for such a renewal in aviation. Furthermore, Walsh called on governments to end entry restrictions and implement risk management toward restoring international travel.
The ICAO has earlier published recommendations in accordance with the implementation of the commitments made through the Declaration of the High Level Committee on Breastfeeding. It’s known as CART Three (the Council’s Flight Recovery Task Force), which is the outgrowth of previous CART recommendations, take-off directives, and cross-border evidence.