IATA opposes quarantine measures for arriving travelers

Remarks of Alexandre de Juniac at the IATA Media Briefing ©IATA

This week the UK has announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine as part of its plans when easing its lockdown. There are few details about how long and under what conditions. Similarly, Spain announced a 14-day quarantine measures on arrival would be in place there until at least 24 May and possible longer. IATA’s Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac said that international travel cannot re-start under such conditions. In a recent survey that IATA did in 11 markets, 84% of travelers said that quarantine measures was one of their top concerns, and 69% essentially said that they would not return to travel under such conditions.

De Juniac stated that: “Our top priority is to re-start this industry safely. We are proposing a series of measures that we believe will give governments the confidence to re-open their borders. It is a risk-based layered approach to biosecurity that needs to be coordinated globally. That’s important. The arriving country must be confident of the procedures in place at the departing airport. And travelers will need the reassurance of common measures.

In the risk-based layered system that we are proposing there are temperature checks and other measures at departure to keep symptomatic travelers from flying. And a robust government managed system of health declarations and rigorous contact tracing can manage the risk form asymptomatic travelers. We oppose quarantine measures because the combination of these measures, if well-implemented globally, can manage the risks.”

IATA is working with ICAO and other stakeholders to put in place an agreed risk-based layered system quickly to safely and efficiently restore global connectivity.

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