THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
Following a joint recommendation by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention (EASA/ECDC) that there should be a short-stay exemption from quarantine for people traveling for less than 72 hours, reports have emerged that the UK is studying the proposal.
The report is from the Global Travel Taskforce, and one of its key contributors, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), has welcombed the news.
Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said that "The revival of international business travel is crucial to kickstarting the global economic recovery, as last year, inbound international business travel across Europe accounted for US$111.3 billion (€99.8 billion), whilst globally it accounted for more than US$272 billion."
Guevara added that "The EASA/ECDC proposed guidelines to exempt passengers from quarantines for travel of 72 hours or less would be a significant step in the direction towards the wholesale revival of business travel. Airlines, hotels and a vast infrastructure of businesses within the global Travel & Tourism sector, all heavily rely upon business travel. The loss of international business travel leaves airlines especially exposed, particularly on highly competitive short-haul and transatlantic routes, which depend upon them for the bulk of their profits."
The EASA/ECDC recommendations looked at the reduced likelihood that travelers expecting to return within 72 hours would be infected, and also considered their potential interactions with people during their time in a specific country.
To see the full EASA/ECDC report, go to www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications-data/guidelines-covid-19-testing-and-quarantine-air-travellers.