GoDubai
  
  
  
  
Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >>

    Share
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 25, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to avoid quarantine measures when re-opening their economies. IATA is promoting a layered approach of measures to reduce the risk of countries importing COVID-19 via air travel and to mitigate the possibility of transmission in cases where people may travel while unknowingly being infected.
“Imposing quarantine measures on arriving travelers keeps countries in isolation and the travel and tourism sector in lockdown. Fortunately, there are policy alternatives that can reduce the risk of importing COVID-19 infections while still allowing for the resumption of travel and tourism that are vital to jumpstarting national economies. We are proposing a framework with layers of protection to keep sick people from traveling and to mitigate the risk of transmission should a traveler discover they were infected after arrival,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA's Director General and CEO. 
IATA encourages a layering of bio-safety measures in two areas:
 
Reducing the risk of imported cases via travelers:
 
• Discouraging symptomatic passengers from traveling: It is important that passengers do not travel when ill. To encourage passengers to “do the right thing” and stay home if they are unwell or potentially exposed, airlines are offering travelers flexibility in adjusting their bookings.
 
• Public health risk mitigation measures: IATA supports health screening by governments in the form of health declarations. To avoid privacy issues and cut the risk of infection with paper documents, standardized contactless electronic declarations via government web portals or government mobile applications are recommended. 
 
Health screening using measures such as non-intrusive temperature checks can also play an important role. Although temperature checks are not the most effective screening method for COVID-19 symptoms, they can act as a deterrent to traveling while unwell. Temperature checks can also shore-up passenger confidence: in a recent IATA survey of travelers, 80% indicated that temperature checks make them feel safer when traveling.
 
• COVID-19 testing for travelers from countries perceived to be “higher-risk”: When accepting travelers from countries where the rate of new infections is significantly higher, the arrival authority could consider COVID-19 testing. It is recommended that tests are undertaken prior to arrival at the departure airport (so as not to add to airport congestion and avoid the potential for contagion in the travel process) with documentation to prove a negative result. Tests would need to be widely available and highly accurate, with results delivered quickly. Test data would need to be independently validated so as to be mutually recognized by governments and securely transmitted to the relevant authorities. Testing should be for active virus (polymerase chain reaction or PCR) rather than for antibodies or antigens. 
 
Mitigating Risk in Cases Where an Infected Person Does Travel
 
• Reducing the risk of transmission during the air travel journey: IATA encourages the universal implementation of the Take-Off guidelines published by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Take-Off is a temporary risk-based and multi-layered approach to mitigate the risks of transmitting COVID-19 during air travel. The comprehensive Take-Off guidelines are closely aligned with the recommendations of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). These include mask wearing throughout the travel process, sanitization, health declarations and social distancing where possible.
 
• Contact tracing: This is the back-up measure, should someone be detected as infected after arrival. Rapid identification and isolation of contacts contains the risk without large-scale economic or social disruption. New mobile technology has the potential to automate part of the contact-tracing process, provided privacy concerns can be addressed.
 
• Reducing risk of transmission at destination: Governments are taking measures to limit the spread of the virus in their territory that will also mitigate the risk from travelers. In addition, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols provide a pragmatic approach for the hospitality sector to enable safe tourism and restore traveler confidence. Areas of the industry covered by the protocols include hospitality, attractions, retail, tour operators, and meeting planners.
 
“Safely restarting the economy is a priority. That includes travel and tourism. Quarantine measures may play a role in keeping people safe, but they will also keep many unemployed. The alternative is to reduce risks through a series of measures. Airlines are already offering flexibility so there is no incentive for sick or at-risk people to travel. Health declarations, screening and testing by governments will add extra layers of protection. And if someone travels while infected, we can reduce the risk of transmission with protocols to prevent the spread during travel or when at destination. And effective contact tracing can isolate those most at risk without major disruptions,” said de Juniac.
 
There are some hurdles to being able to implement the full suite of measures. “Data transmission, required for health declarations, testing and tracing, raises privacy concerns. And mutually recognized standards would be needed for testing. Governments have a common interest in finding solutions. The rapid agreement by governments to ICAO's Take-Off guidelines demonstrates that progress on complex issues is possible where there is the political will to do so,” said de Juniac.
 
There is every economic incentive to make a layered approach work. WTTC estimates that travel and tourism accounts for 10.3% of global GDP and 300 million jobs globally (direct, indirect and induced economic impact). 
 
Mandatory quarantine measures stop people from traveling. Recent public opinion research revealed that 83% of travelers would not even consider traveling if quarantine measures were imposed on travelers at their destination. And analysis of trends during the lockdown period shows that countries imposing quarantine saw arrivals decrease by more than 90%—an outcome that is similar to countries that banned foreign arrivals.
 
“A layered approach to safety has made flying the safest way to travel while still enabling the system to function efficiently. That should be an inspirational framework to guide governments in protecting their citizens from the terrible risks of both the virus and joblessness. Quarantine is a lop-sided solution that protects one and absolutely fails at the other. We need government leadership to deliver a balanced protection,” said de Juniac.  



Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 20533 times
Posted on : Thursday, June 25, 2020  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : UAE's First-Ever Fully Sponsored Flight to India
Next Story : IATA Proposes Alternatives to Quarantine
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine

Comments

Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
Beachy Brows Just in Time for Eid Al Adha Holiday
Ace these Top Five Summer Beauty Looks with Flormar
Mohammed bin Rashid Approves Board and Advisory Council of Dubai International C...
Legend Spa Launches Kids Spa Pop-Up at Modhesh World
Jawhara Jewelery Launches Your Eidiya Is From Jawhara Campaign
Now Open: Union Coop's Al Barsha South Center is Finally Here!
5 Outfits to Host Guests in Style and Comfort
Dubai Summer Surprises Flash Sale Offers Huge Savings Up to 90 Per Cent Off for ...
HAYAWIIA, A Female Emirati Owned Exclusive Online and Instore Health and Wellnes...
ADCB Q2/h1 2021 Financial Results Press Release
Sharjah Summer Promotions: Up to 80% off during Eid al-Adha Holidays
Team Abu Dhabi Crowned World Endurance Champions For Second Time in a Row
Sunsets to Remember @ OSH with 50% off!
Samsung Launches Latest Generation of ‘The Frame' in the UAE
Herman Miller and Knoll Announce New Name: MillerKnoll
Emirates Mars Mission Marks Busy First Year
Team Abu Dhabi Take Major Step Towards Another World Endurance Title
Unstoppable Capability: Land Rover Defender Supports Red Bull X-Alps Champion Maurer
DHA Announces Timings of Healthcare Facilities during the Eid Al Adha Holidays
SEHA COVID-19 Drive-Through Services Center will Open with Regular Working Hours...
Standard Chartered Global Focus Q3 2021: Navigating a Vulnerable Recovery
Pogacar Dominates Tour De France With Back-to-back Wins in the Pyrenees
Ulissi and Riabushenko Shine in Settimana Ciclista Italiana
Cycling Community Brings Energy to Yas Marina Circuit
Al Masaood Automobiles' Al Mussafah service centre receives Nissan Express Servi...
Tadej Pogacar Makes History as Back-to-back Tour De France Champion
Sony's BRAVIA XR TV with Cognitive Processor Redefines Immersive Experience for ...
Aesop's Parsley Seed Essentials - Your New Skincare Routine Favourites
5th Al Dhaid Date Festival begins at Expo Al Dhaid
You Know About the Diamond 4cs, but There Is Another ‘c' You Should Know About —...
Al Fardan Exchange Joins Forces With Empay's Contactless Ecosystem in Landmark D...
Breathe Easy with the New Ranges from Crate & Kids
MAX&Co. FW21
Jaguar Racing ‘Clones' Takeover Iconic London Underground Ahead of Heineken Lond...
SEHA Introduces Specialized Saturday Clinics Across the Network
Thought Series – The “True Knowing” and “Genuinely Being” Syndrome
My Take On FTH's Vegan Meat Range From Future Farms
Live from BMW Welt: The Esports Industry Assembles Virtually at BMW Esports Boos...
Dubai-Based King Group Hospitality Expands Portfolio that will Boost UAE's Dh55 ...
Zoho to make Zoho Invoice Free of Charge to Empower SMEs to Rebuild and Grow
Dubai's Best Activities for Summer 2021
Sharjah Chamber, South Korea Explore Fostering Economic Ties
ABB to Present Sustainable Solutions at Dubai EXPO 2020
FW 21 WEEKEND / MAX MARA
Galaxy Ecosystem Excellence Emphasized through the Galaxy Tab S7 FE's Brilliance
ADU Welcomes more than 50 High School Students to the “ESTEDAD” Enrichment Bootcamps
Empower Awards Construction Contract Worth AED 133 Million for its 32,000 RT Dis...
Hyundai Motor Group Honorary Chairman Mong-Koo Chung Inducted Into Automotive Ha...
4 Memorable Holiday Ideas For Eid-Al-Adha
Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company Reports Q2 2021 results