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IATA proposes Covid testing before travelling to replace quarantine on arrival




The International Air Transport Association is proposing travellers to take a Covid test prior to departure to replace worldwide mandatory quarantines on arrival. The push comes after it announces that international travel is down by 92% this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As many countries are imposing mandatory quarantines that can be not only expensive but up to 14 days long, the IATA is calling for all countries to work together to create a pre-flight testing requirement in all airports.

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO says that Covid testing is getting faster, cheaper and more accurate, which is why it is urgent to help kick-start the world economy by doing away with mandatory quarantines.

“The key to restoring the freedom of mobility across borders is systematic Covid-19 testing of all travelers before departure. This will give governments the confidence to open their borders without complicated risk models that see constant changes in the rules imposed on travel. Testing all passengers will give people back their freedom to travel with confidence. And that will put millions of people back to work.”

He says the removal of such quarantine requirements for nations like Canada and UK would also help those nationals to leave their countries confidently by knowing that accurate testing would be in place. IATA has also asked for feedback and says of those travellers polled, 65% agree that if a person tests negative for Covid-19, then they should not have to undergo a quarantine on arrival. 84% also agree that, instead, travellers should be required to get tested with 88% even agreeing that they would submit to testing as part of the travel process.

Over 5000 travel businesses have reportedly backed the IATA’s proposal after submitting an open letter to the president of the European Commission, demanding the EU to take action. However, testing and later vaccinating 7.8 billion people could prove to be a monumental task, one that may take months to devise a streamlined plan to carry out.

SOURCE: Travel Off Path


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    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    this is the way to follow, better to spend few hours more at the airport , than 14 days in the hotel

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    Alan Detro

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Alexandre de Juniac obviously has no understanding of medical science. Covid-19 can take up to 21 days to show a positive result after exposure. Testing negative is NORMAL in most covid patients for many days after exposure and the ability to spread the virus. This person is NOT qualified to make ANY recommendations on a matter of science, but is only qualified on matters of putting profit before common sense and health.

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      Perceville Smithers

      Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 11:00 pm

      You don’t think he knows that? 14-day qurantine is not working and travel has to resume.

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      Mike Frenchie

      Monday, September 28, 2020 at 1:39 pm

      Better to starve to death for million of people… covid is almost non lethal for healthy people below 60!

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    Apolo Jr Estrada

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    They kept on proposing and nothing is going to happen. Later on, same results different day.

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    ron bergkotte

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    75 BILLION people ????????????????????????

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    Monday, September 28, 2020 at 12:03 am

    I cannot agree with you Alan Detro, science is science but we need a balance between science and common sense during this hard period. Surely it can take up to 21 days or even more to test positive, but please understand that those are few cases emerging from a high number of testing. It is not putting profit but using one’s sense because now we all have understood that lock downs and curfews have not stopped the spread of virus.

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    Monday, September 28, 2020 at 3:20 am

    OH God I hope so .

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    Monday, September 28, 2020 at 5:31 am

    If a 100% reliable test existed then all countries would use it as a basis for entry. But it doesn’t. The IATA assumes no responsibility if the proposed testing doesn’t keep COVID out of countries that want to keep it out so it’s easy for them to suggest it. It’s a dead end for a country like Thailand where the vast majority of the population cares more about health and safety than profits.

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      Bobby m

      Monday, September 28, 2020 at 3:02 pm

      Majority of people care about health and safety. 6 people on a motorbike, yeah rite.

      Rip off tests
      Rip off quarantine
      Rip off charter flights
      Rip off insurance

      It cost my friend 180.000 bht to get back to his family and businesses (that he is now closing)

      Not about profits, are you sure.

      This is a flu virus and tests, vaccination’s. It’s never going away.

      We have to learn to live with it.

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        Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 1:15 am

        Bobby m – With that attitude you’re not going to be welcomed anytime soon by most countries.

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    rinky stingpiece

    Monday, September 28, 2020 at 11:40 am

    The question is whether all this economic damage is worth it just to save a tiny percentage of people who for the most people seem to not be amongst the healthiest in the herd.
    If it was an illness of the poor, would there be all this effort?

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    Don R

    Monday, September 28, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    I don’t even see the point in continued testing. It’s a crazy world where the media is trying to convince people that we can eradicate the virus by testing, wearing masks and social distancing. Rational people know that this is not possible. Scientists told us in February that the virus is here to stay regardless of what we do. Time to put on the big boy pants, accept the small risk, and get back to normal

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