Airlines ask that Covid travel restrictions be abandoned to consolidate the recovery of the sector

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Airlines ask that Covid travel restrictions be abandoned to consolidate the recovery of the sector

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) today called for all travel-related coronavirus restrictions to be lifted. that still apply in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, including the testing requirements, the need to present a certificate and even in some cases, the homologation of the complete vaccination scheme, filling out a passenger locator form and the proof of Covid insurance.

This includes the abandoning the use of the mask on trips within countries or between countries where it is no longer required indoors.

According to the statement, Covid-19, and specifically the omicron variant, “is now widespread throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and the population’s immunity is at such levels that the risk of hospitalization or death has been drastically reduced, especially for vaccinated people.”

At the same time, many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have raised internal restrictions of Covid, such as the need to present health credentials to enter social events, or the requirement to wear masks in public spaces. “Contact tracing measures are also being lifted, making PLFs are unnecessary for international travel. As these countries open up and remove restrictions, it is logical that they are no longer applied in air transport as well”, they continued.

Lastly, they said “Countries without Covid testing requirements have been shown to be the ones where aviation recovers the fastest.” “Air transport is essential for the social and economic development of the countries of the region and we can only expect a full recovery of this industry and all those that depend on it, if the restrictions and requirements related to Covid are eliminated”, they closed.

Other signatories included the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (Alta), the International Airports Council for Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC) and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (Canso).

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