Investing in comprehensive testing facilities at airports will help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and see the return of safe travels, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) says.
“It is imperative that all airports, catering for international travel, implement globally recognised testing standards for both inbound and outbound passengers," said WTTC President & CEO Gloria Guevara. "This will provide reassurance to all travellers, maintain ‘air corridors’ between countries, and remove damage and disruption caused by blunt quarantines which massively impact the recovery of the Travel & Tourism sector.
Recently, the UK removed Spain from its list of "safe countries, which "risks causing irreparable damage to the travel and tourism sector," Guevara said.
"It also makes no sense; while Spain as a whole, and Catalonia in particular, has a higher rate of coronavirus cases than then UK, the rate in Andalucía, the Balearics and Canaries is actually lower than the UK," she added.
Guevara also insists that part of the screening process must involve temperature checks and swab tests for all arriving and departing passengers with results back within 24 hours, and recommends that the only passengers put into quarantine be those who test positive (with or without symptoms).
“We are going to have to live with COVID-19 for the foreseeable future so we must do all we can to protect public health and save lives, whilst restoring consumer confidence, driving the global economic recovery, and saving the jobs of millions of people whose very livelihoods depend upon a thriving travel and tourism sector," Guevara concluded.
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