Gloria Guevara, president and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has called on governments around the world to begin a substantial investment program to implement VID-19 detection facilities at airports to prevent the spread of the virus.
“It is imperative that all airports, which serve international travel, implement globally recognized testing standards for inbound and outbound passengers. This will provide peace of mind to all travelers, maintain ‘air corridors’ between countries and eliminate the damage and disruption caused by blunt quarantines that are massively impacting the recovery of the Travel and Tourism sector.
Guevara Manzo said that as part of the evaluation process, testing should include temperature controls and swab tests for all arriving and departing passengers with results within 24 hours, and only those who test positive, with or without symptoms, should be quarantined. Where there are applications to assist in effective testing and screening regimes, passengers should be advised to check in and use them.
“We will have to live with COVID-19 for the foreseeable future, so we must do everything we can to protect public health and save lives, while restoring consumer confidence, driving global economic recovery and saving the jobs of millions of people whose livelihoods depend on a thriving travel and tourism sector.