Even When Flying Restarts, Passengers Wary Of Quarantine Measures

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A survey shows that 86% of travellers were somewhat or very concerned about being quarantined while traveling, and 69% of recent travellers would not consider travelling if it involved a 14-day quarantine period.

Aviation body IATA is urging governments to find alternatives to maintaining or introducing arrival quarantine measures as part of post-pandemic travel restrictions.

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“Even in the best of circumstances this crisis will cost many jobs and rob the economy of years of aviation-stimulated growth. To protect aviation’s ability to be a catalyst for the economic recovery, we must not make that prognosis worse by making travel impracticable with quarantine measures. We need a solution for safe travel that addresses two challenges”, said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General.

Policies must give passengers confidence to travel safely and without undue hassle and must give governments confidence that they are protected from importing the virus, he said.

“Our proposal is for a layering of temporary non-quarantine measures until we have a vaccine, immunity passports or nearly instant COVID-19 testing available at scale,” said de Juniac.

IATA’s proposal for a temporary risk-based layered approach to provide governments with the confidence to open their border without quarantining arrivals includes:

Preventing travel by those who are symptomatic with temperature screening and other measures and addressing th e risks of asymptomatic travellers with governments managing a robust system of health declarations and vigorous contact tracing.

The mutual recognition of agreed measures is critical for the resumption of international travel. This is a key deliverable of the COVID-19 Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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