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UN issues new recommendations for air travel over COVID-19

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The International Civil Aviation Organization, which oversees the global aviation industry on behalf of the United Nations, has updated its recommendations for nations regarding COVID-19-related criteria for air travel.

The ICAO stated that the advice was created to assist nations preserve air connectivity in a recent bulletin from its Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation.

The ICAO’s Secretary General, Juan Carlos Salazar, responded to the new regulations by stating that “this new ICAO bulletin clearly emphasizes that as more states lift their COVID-19 related cross-border restrictions for air travellers, it is important for increased air travel connectivity and improved facilitation everywhere that pandemic-related restrictions should only be introduced and maintained based on evidence-based risk management and following World Health Organization a guidance. This approach contributes to enhanced travel, tourism, trade and economies.”

Salvatore Sciacchitano, the president of the ICAO Council, also emphasized the necessity of “regular, comprehensive risk assessments, based on evidence and comparable indicators, in addition to assessing applicable public health resources in both the departure and destination states, assuring good communication among the diverse stakeholders involved, and balancing the public health risk with the need for continuation of services.”

The ICAO Council’s CART suggestion, which aided aviation’s recovery from the pandemic by highlighting all of these concerns, is still valid today as we deal with these new varieties.

Salazar continued, “These recommendations have taken into account the many issues national governments now need to consider in terms of air travel health measures. Our work through the CAPSCA collaboration is crucial and closely supported by the WHO.

Other respiratory viruses that pose dangers, changing COVID-19 cases and mortality rates country by country, and public health systems’ capacities to manage new COVID outbreaks in addition to their routine management are only a few of the many considerations included in the recommendations.

 

 

Vincent Paul

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