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IATA urges global governments to adopt WHO travel rules

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on states to follow new guidance on travel from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The guidance recommends a “risk-based approach” to implementing measures related to Covid-19 and international travel.

Specifically, WHO recommended that governments:

Do not require proof of Covid-19 vaccination as a mandatory condition for entry or exit.

May relax measures such as testing and/or quarantine requirements for travellers who are fully vaccinated or have had a confirmed previous Covid-19 infection within the past six months and are no longer infectious.

Ensure alternative pathways for unvaccinated individuals through testing so that they are able to travel internationally. The WHO recommends rRT-PCR tests, or antigen detection rapid diagnostic tests (Ag-RDTs) followed by confirmatory rRT-PCR tests of positive samples, for this purpose.

Implement test and/or quarantine measures for international travelers “on a risk-based manner” with policies on testing and quarantine regularly reviewed to ensure they are lifted when no longer necessary.

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