ACI and IATA Urge European Governments to Lift All Travel Restrictions

(02 Feb 2022)
ACI Europe (Airports Council International) and
IATA have urged European Governments to carry all journey
restrictions for absolutely vaccinated/recovered people holding a
legitimate COVID19 Certificate – as suggested by the brand new regime for
journey throughout the EU which got here into pressure on Tuesday.

The new regime, set out by an EU Council
Recommendation adopted on 25 January, relies on the well being
standing of travellers, moderately than the epidemiological state of affairs of
their nation or space of origin.

Independent analysis carried out in Finland and Italy gives
perception into growing a Europe-wide coverage for eradicating
restrictions. The analysis made public on Tuesday confirms the validity
of the traveler-centric method, highlighting the inefficiency of
current journey restrictions imposed by European nations in
mitigating the dangers to public well being and society posed by


Iberia A330 reg: EC-LYF. Picture by Steven Howard of Click to enlarge.

Iberia A330 reg: EC-LYF. Picture by Steven Howard of


“The new regime for
intra-EU/EEA journey is true to concentrate on a ‘person-based approach’
and to recognise that each vaccinated and recovered travellers
shouldn’t be subjected to any restriction,” mentioned Olivier Jankovec, ACI EUROPE Director
General. “But having widespread EU
regimes has to this point not prevented States from going their very own approach.
This should cease. We now have additional proof – journey restrictions do
have a big impact – however it’s not on public well being, it’s on
financial stability and livelihoods. In brief: they’re inflicting
extra hurt than good.”

New evaluation produced by Oxera and Edge Health
reveals that pre-departure testing necessities are more likely to be
ineffective at stopping and even limiting the unfold of the Omicron

The evaluation of testing restrictions imposed by Italy and
Finland on 16 December and 28 December 2021 respectively on all
incoming travellers made no distinguishable distinction to
transmission of Omicron instances in these nations. Conversely, the
affect of these restrictions, and particularly the constraints to
the free motion of individuals, resulted in important and
pointless financial hardship – not only for the journey and
tourism sectors and their workforce, however for the entire European
financial system.

The report reveals that:

Maintaining pre-departure testing necessities for
vaccinated/recovered travellers additional could have no affect
in anyway on the long run unfold of the Omicron variant in Italy
and Finland.

– Imposing the restrictions earlier – i.e.
on the very day the Omicron variant was recognized as a difficulty by
the WHO – wouldn’t have stopped its unfold nor considerably
restricted it in Italy and Finland. This is inherent to the truth that
variants flow into properly forward of the time by which they’re
recognized, which is the rationale why each the WHO and ECDC
usually think about journey restrictions to be ineffective.

The undeniable fact that each nations at the moment are lifting their
pre-departure testing necessities may be very welcome. However,
issues stay that:

– Both nations may have lifted
them a lot earlier or altogether prevented imposing them within the first
place – classes should be discovered to keep away from repeated financial harm
with no attendant public well being profit.

– While Finland
has lifted restrictions for all incoming vaccinated/recovered
vacationers, Italy has achieved so just for incoming vacationers from
throughout the EU/EEA. This now wants to increase to all incoming
vacationers, as there is no such thing as a well being security profit in delaying this
step any longer.

With the approaching into pressure of
the brand new regime for intra-EU/EEA journey on Tuesday, and in gentle of the sturdy
knowledge now made public, ACI Europe and IATA have urged these nations
which proceed to deviate from the widespread EU framework to quickly
align with it.

Specifically, the 2 irganisations name upon the Governments of
Austria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Malta to
handle this concern as a matter of urgency and abandon pointless
and damaging restrictions.

In addition, there are not any
compelling the explanation why vaccinated/recovered travellers ought to be
subjected to a distinct regime whether or not they journey throughout the
EU/EEA or come from different nations.

“The analysis is obvious that the inevitable delay
in figuring out new variants signifies that transmission already happens
by the point journey restrictions are imposed. It’s the basic case
of closing the steady door after the horse has bolted. Keeping
testing in place for vaccinated passengers due to this fact appears
utterly ineffective from the well being perspective, however damages
passenger confidence and nationwide economies. This newest analysis
ought to give governments confidence to implement the EU
suggestion in full, enabling Europe to get transferring once more,” mentioned
Conrad Clifford, IATA Deputy Director General.


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