The International Air Transport Association (IATA), in response to travel bans imposed on the UK by several countries, said that Travel bans are not the answer to check the spread of COVID-19, instead, governments should devise a co-ordinated system for testing of passengers.
IATA represents nearly 290 airlines or 82% of total air traffic.
Here is the IATA’s statement published on its official website on border closures from the UK:
“This latest situation once again reinforces the urgent need for coordinated recognition of systematic testing of travelers. Governments must cooperate to put mutually recognized testing capacity in place so that borders can remain open to the vast majority of healthy passengers.”
“COVID-19 is likely to be with us for some time, so rather than travel bans, governments must adopt more flexible and practical policies to manage the risks in a way that enables people to safely work and travel. ‘Test, test and test again’ has been the mantra of the WHO for almost a year now, and we implore governments to act on this advice.”