The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged the United States authorities to remove quarantine rules and impose pre-departure Coronavirus testing regimes instead so that families can reunite for the end-of-the-year holiday season.

The association expressed their concern over the quarantine rules imposed by state governments in the United States, including New York and Hawaii, VisaGuide.World reports.

The call comes less than 90 days before the winter holiday season. The Coronavirus pandemic has left many persons stranded abroad, ineligible to reunite with their families due to the imposed restrictions. Through the joint appeal, aviation bodies urge the US government to set testing protocols so that the families can reunite for the year-end holiday season.

“Mandatory arrival quarantines for air travellers have the same effect as outright border closures. There are better ways to protect citizens during the COVID-19 crisis. Instead of implementing job-destroying arrival quarantines, states should be encouraging the federal government to work with other governments to implement pre-departure testing. This will keep people safe and address the vital need to jumpstart struggling local economies and protect jobs that rely on out-of-state and international visitors,” IATA’s Regional Vice President for The Americas, Peter Cerdá pointed out.

However, the United States is not the only one calling on state governments to replace quarantine rules with testing; the European aviation industry has also intensified its pressure, urging the European Commission to test persons upon their arrival to European countries.

Sixty-four per cent of the United States travellers stressed that if a person tests negative for the Coronavirus pandemic, it is not necessary to follow quarantine rules, a survey conducted in the US which has been published by IATA reveals.

According to the study, eight per cent were willing to take a pre-departure Coronavirus test. In comparison, 56 per cent believe that the Coronavirus pandemic is sufficiently controlled in the United States to open up to visitors coming from other countries.

Last month, the International Air Transport Association expressed their concerns regarding the same issue, urging the governments to implement rapid Coronavirus testing for travellers before departure.

According to IATA, such a decision could help re-establish global air connectivity and help save the economic sector, which is facing a financial crisis.

IATA has been continually calling on the governments to relax their border restrictions and continue to lift their imposed bans to help the airlines recover from the damages caused by the deadly virus.

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