KUALA LUMPUR, June 25 2020: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on governments to avoid quarantine measures when re-opening their economies.
IATA’s director-general and chief executive officer Alexandre de Juniac said that instead of quarantine, a layered approach of measures should be implemented to reduce the risk of imported Covid-19 cases via air travel.
“Fortunately, there are policy alternatives that can reduce the risk of importing Covid-19 infections while still allowing for the resumption of travel and tourism that are vital to jumpstarting national economies.
“We are proposing a framework with layers of protection to keep sick people from travelling and to mitigate the risk of transmission should a traveller discover they were infected after arrival,” said de Juniac in a statement.
He stressed that imposing quarantine measures on arriving travellers keep countries in isolation and the travel and tourism sector in lockdown.