ETC Calls on EU Governments to Follow EASA & ECDC Guidelines & Lift Quarantine Restrictions

The guidelines which have been published by the European Center for Disease and Control (ECDC) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), regarding the failing of travel restrictions and other bans imposed to stop the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, have been welcomed by the European Travel and Commission (ETC).

According to the recent data published by ECDC and EASA report, the prevalence of the Coronavirus among passengers is estimated to be “lower than is the case for the general population”, VisaGuide.World reports.

Under the current pandemic situation, the guidelines clarify that self-isolation or systematic testing for the Coronavirus of air passengers is not recommended.

ECDC and EASA believe that persons travelling should not be considered as high-risk to spread the disease. Still, they should be treated in the same way as members of the “local population who have not had any direct contact with a person infected with Coronavirus.

The guidelines confirmed that air passengers account for less than one per cent of all detected cases of infection and do not increase the rate of the Coronavirus transmission.

Besides, ECDC and EASA recommended to the European Union Member States the harmonization of the imposed preventive measures.

The European Travel and Commission President, Luís Araújo, said that the importance of restarting mobility in Europe “cannot be understated in terms of the role it will play” in the recovery of Europe’s tourism and economy.

“Millions of livelihoods depending on the tourism sector are on the brink of collapse now, and we simply cannot afford wasting more time on these unjustified restrictions,” Araújo pointed out.

ETC’s latest survey conducted in ten European countries, in October, called “Monitoring Sentiment for Domestic and Intra-European Travel: Wave 2” found that nearly 54 per cent of citizens in Europe plan to take a trip within the continent during the next six months.

However, the quarantine measures were the main reason that travellers would postpone their trips to 2021.

The European Travel and Commission survey was conducted in the European countries known for their volume of source markets, including France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and Poland.

ETC has continuously urged for a common and risk-based approach in order to restart the tourism in Europe, safely, giving importance to tourism and travel on the road towards the economic recovery in the region.

Back in October, the Air Transport Association (IATA) in a report stressed that the incidence of contracting the deadly virus while onboard was very low.

According to the IATA’s report, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, only 44 cases of infections related to a flight journey had been reported. However, about 1.2 billion passengers completed their planned trips.

In October, the International Air Transport Association called on the United States authorities to lift self-isolation requirements and impose pre-departure COVIC-19 testing regimes instead.  The association’s call came in a bid to help families reunite for the end-year holidays. IATA expressed its concern regarding compulsory quarantine rules imposed by state governments in the US, including Hawaii and New York.

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