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UNWTO & WHO Call on Lifting of Travel Restrictions, Claim They’re Proven to Be Ineffective

The two United Nations agencies, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have agreed to collaborate in reviving the travel sector and call for the lifting of travel measures that continue to contribute to economic and social stress. .

Such comments were made during the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee held in Geneva in early January, during which members noted that measures such as testing, isolation, quarantine and vaccinations imposed on travelers should be based on risk assessments, reports.

In recent days, an increasing number of different countries have already begun to relax their travel rules around the world, aligning them with the World Health Organization’s recommendations for safe international movement, after the latter claimed that the travel restrictions imposed did not affect the spread of the virus.

A press release issued today by the World Tourism Organization stated that the World Health Organization and the leaders of the World Tourism Organization in Geneva also agreed on the importance of easing or lifting the travel ban.

Meanwhile, the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization, Zurab Pololikashvili, said that global tourism has followed all the advice given by the World Health Organization since the beginning of this crisis.

Moreover, WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, added that health must remain a top priority even though countries facilitate health measures.

He also added, “By basing their decisions on evidence and a risk-based approach adapted to their specific context, countries can find the right balance between keeping people safe, protecting livelihoods and the economy and keeping borders open.”

According to the World Tourism Organization, destinations around the world are reporting an increase in the number of tourists due to the easing of measures and the lifting of restrictions, which may positively affect the economic recovery.

In this regard, Switzerland is one of the top destinations in Europe, having revised its travel restrictions and at the same time welcomed the UNWTO delegation at the start of a week of important meetings.

>>Switzerland lifts all travel requirements for COVID-19 and other restrictions

Besides, Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, noted that to build a global architecture, there is a need to build trust in societies and economies in the context of the pandemic, along with other opportunities for tourism to contribute to this. The World Tourism Organization also plays a crucial role.

Recent data published by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) on January 25 shows that during January 10 of this year, nearly two out of three people in the European Region were infected with COVID-19 at least once, which means 63 people per person . percent of the continent’s population.

However, since the first cases of COVID-19 were detected in the region, a total of 123 million cases have been detected, which is more than a third of confirmed cases globally.

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