Since COVID-19 has already entered its endemic phase, the reopening of borders and the easing of travel restrictions have begun, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said, applauding the decision to open borders. many governments around the world.
IATA’s latest study of travel restrictions for the world’s top 50 air travel markets, which account for 88% of international demand in 2019, revealed growing accessibility for vaccinated travellers, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
In a press release issued on March 17, Thursday, IATA announced that 25 markets that saw 38% of overall travel demand in 2019 declared themselves open to travelers and without quarantine measures or testing requirements.
“38 markets representing 65% of international demand in 2019 are open to vaccinated travelers without quarantine requirements, compared to 28 markets (50% of international demand in 2019) in mid-February”, the statement also reads.
In this regard, IATA Director General Willie Walsh said news of the growing momentum towards reopening borders and easing travel restrictions shows destinations that have reopened will receive a boost. economical essential from the upcoming Easter and Northern summer travel seasons.
“Asia is the outlier. Hopefully, recent relaxations, including in Australia, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Pakistan and the Philippines, pave the way for the restoration of the freedom to travel that is more widely enjoyed in other countries. ‘other parts of the world’, he noted.
IATA also revealed that the riskiest travel from COVID-19 restrictions remains in Asia.
In terms of international traffic, North America and Europe recovered last year to -42% from their 2019 peaks, while Asia-Pacific traffic remained at -88%.
This easing of measures came after assessments that travel restrictions such as border closures or even quarantine do very little to control the spread of COVID-19.
Additionally, a previous report from OXERA and Edge Health concluded that travel restrictions could delay the peak of a wave by just days after seeing the spread of the Omicron variant in Europe.
Passenger surveys conducted by IATA during the pandemic have shown that testing, especially quarantine, are the main barriers to travel.
In a statement issued on March 10, IATA announced that in an effort to stop the spread of the Omicron variant and due to imposed travel restrictions, air data retrieval in January 2022 compared to December 2021 has slowed for domestic and international flights. Travel.
Meanwhile, total air travel demand increased in January 2022 by 82.3% compared to January 2021, but compared to the previous month, December 2021 decreased by 4.9%.