Airline industry leaders have urged governments to implement simple, predictable and practical measures so that international travel can resume as soon as possible when borders are reopened. In particular, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to focus on three areas:
- Simpler methods for administering health care
- In addition, the use of electronic means to process health credentials
- COVID-19 uses risk-based measures that are constantly reviewed.
Policy paper: From Restart to Recovery: A Blueprint for Simplifying Travel outlines the industry’s vision for dealing with complexity.
“The Blueprint will provide good practices and practical considerations to governments as they establish processes to reopen borders in accordance with what they agreed in the Ministerial Declaration of the ICAO High-Level Conference of COVID-19. A global air transport network must be restored over the next few months in order to connect communities and help the economy recover, said Conrad Clifford, IATA’s deputy director-general, in a statement.
The Blueprint’s goal is to make it easier to increase global connectivity quickly. To ensure the safety and efficiency of international travel as borders reopen, we must have established procedures in place now. When it comes to pandemic operations, we know that a focus on ease, predictability, and practicality is absolutely essential. That is not the case in the modern world, however. Governments around the world have put in place over 100,000 COVID-19-related measures. “The inconsistencies these measures have created among states is a barrier to global mobility,” said Clifford.