The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has welcomed the Biden administration’s decision to allow vaccinated travelers entering the United States with a negative Covid-19 test result before traveling from early November. Importantly, IATA said, this replaces the so-called 212f restrictions that prevented anyone from entering the United States if they had been in 33 specific countries – including the United Kingdom, Ireland, all Schengen countries, the Brazil, South Africa, India and China – in the last 14 days.
IATA Chief Executive Officer Willie Walsh said the announcement is a big step forward. “Allowing access to the United States for those vaccinated will open the trip for many people who have been locked out over the past 18 months. This is great news for families and loved ones who have suffered from the disease. heartbreak and loneliness of separation, ”he said.
“This is good for the millions of livelihoods in the United States who depend on global tourism. And it will boost economic recovery by enabling some key markets for business travel,” Walsh said. IATA said the announcement marks a key shift in the management of Covid-19 risk, from general considerations at the national level to the assessment of individual risks. The next challenge is to find a system to manage the risks for travelers who do not have access to vaccinations.
The data indicates that testing is a solution. But it’s also critical that governments accelerate the global deployment of vaccines and agree on a global framework for travel where testing resources are focused on unvaccinated travelers, IATA said. “We need to come back to a situation where the freedom to travel is available to everyone,” Walsh said. (ANI)
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