Julia Simpson, President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), said the council fully supports the call of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International in Europe (ACI) to end all restrictions currently in place. It is applied to travel within the European Union and the Schengen area.
Patching among the remaining COVID-19 restrictions has caused severe damage to the economy as a whole, Simpson said. For this reason, it has been emphasized once again that these measures must be rescinded, TheSchengen.com reports.
“The patchwork of restrictions does nothing to prevent the spread of COVID but has caused massive damage to the economy, causing job losses and businesses. Over the past few weeks, we have seen economies reopen. It is time to remove these ineffective restrictions and allow people to travel freely,” reads a statement Simpson.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and ACI Europe recently called on the government to drop the remaining requirements that apply for travel within the European Union and the Schengen area.
These two urged governments to allow free movement of travelers by removing the requirement to provide vaccination or a certificate of recovery. In addition, the two aviation groups stressed that responsible authorities in the European Union must also not require travelers to submit a negative COVID-19 test result or complete a passenger locator form.
The IATA and ACI’s call to remove travel restrictions comes after the COVID-19 situation improved. According to these two, European Union countries must lift their travel measures because the virus no longer causes serious health effects or a large number of hospitalizations.
Independent research and modeling published today show that governments can lift restrictions with confidence – both at present and for any worrisome future variables. Travel restrictions have proven to be a blunt tool with little or no effect on virus transmission. The removal of all COVID-19 restrictions will finally restore full freedom of travel, said Olivier Jankovic, director general of ACI Europe.
Similarly, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Europe, Raphael Schwartzman, said it was time for EU countries to focus their efforts to combat the coronavirus on monitoring and removing the remaining restrictions that apply to travel within the EU.
Six EU/EEA countries have lifted all of their travel restrictions due to COVID-19 so far, while several others have relaxed some of their rules.
The group of countries that have abolished all of their entry rules include Iceland, Norway, Slovenia, Hungary, Ireland and Romania.