The World Journey & Tourism Council (WTTC) is looking for governments to desert the idea of ‘high-risk international locations’ and as an alternative concentrate on how particular person ‘high-risk travellers’ are handled at borders.
The physique is urging governments around the globe to shift their focus from complete international locations, in direction of particular person travellers.
As an alternative, WTTC says governments around the globe ought to redefine their complete method to danger evaluation, to revive worldwide enterprise and leisure journey.
Mixed with a standard worldwide consensus on the metrics used to evaluate danger and a laser-like concentrate on an economical, complete, and fast departure and arrival testing scheme for all travellers, might pave the best way ahead for the significant return of journey.
It will additionally guarantee solely these affected are compelled to isolate, whereas travellers who take a look at unfavorable can proceed to get pleasure from secure travels via observing hygiene protocols and masks carrying.
Gloria Guevara, WTTC chief govt, mentioned: “Threat based mostly on total international locations is neither efficient nor productive. Redefining danger in direction of particular person travellers as an alternative shall be key for unlocking the door to the return of secure worldwide journey.
“We have to be taught from previous experiences and crises similar to 9/11.
“We can’t proceed labelling total international locations as ‘high-risk’ which assumes everyone seems to be contaminated.
“Whereas the UK is at present seeing excessive ranges of infections, clearly not all Britons are contaminated; the identical goes for all Individuals, Spaniards or the French.
“The fact is rather more advanced.
“Not solely does it stigmatise a complete nation, but it surely additionally halts journey and mobility when many individuals who take a look at unfavorable on departure and arrival might safely journey with out exporting the virus.
“We’ve to recognise this actuality and redefine the chance to concentrate on ‘high-risk’ people.
“We firmly consider implementing a complete testing regime and the usage of know-how is the one sensible approach to restore worldwide journey securely.
“Moreover, a complete testing programme shall be cheaper than the financial value introduced on by blanket quarantines and lockdowns.”
She added: “This refocus would keep away from exporting the virus and allow the free motion of travellers, whereas nonetheless observing enhanced hygiene protocols similar to masks carrying and social distancing.
“We should be taught to dwell with the virus, as it is going to take time for the worldwide inhabitants to be vaccinated.
“This is the reason WTTC has lengthy advocated introducing a complete and cost-effective take a look at on departure and arrival for all worldwide travellers, as a approach of stopping these carrying the virus from spreading it.”