The recent outbreak of the COVID virus has led to the closing of borders and restrictions on international travel, but there is good news. In the United States, domestic travel has recovered to levels seen before the pandemic. In China, regional travel has increased to levels not seen since the crisis began. In Europe, the situation is more difficult, with only three countries welcoming visitors. The region has recovered gradually, but long-haul travel will continue to be low until vaccinations are widespread and the countries’ borders are easier to navigate.
IATA says that international travel is rebounding more slowly than anticipated, and it will take until 2024 for global revenue passenger kilometers to return to pre-pandemic levels. While most countries have imposed quarantines, the impact on the tourism industry has been devastating, especially for countries like Australia. Britain ordered a two-week quarantine on travelers from Spain. Vietnam evacuated 80,000 tourists from its capital, Danang, following the outbreak of a coronavirus in the city.
The World is finally reopening its borders, according to IATA. The first step towards enabling travel between nations without quarantine measures is testing. IATA has developed a technology solution called the IATA Travel Pass that provides accurate information on test requirements and securely conveys the information. The IATA Travel Pass not only offers an accurate and safe means of sharing test data, but it also protects personal data and protects the privacy and security of traveler identities.
While it’s hard to predict when the World will open its borders again, there are some positive signs. In particular, the recent COVID-19 pandemic in Africa has led to the opening of airports to a host of countries. This opens the doors for US and European travelers. The new travel restrictions will make it easier to move around freely, and the IATA says this is a good sign.
In addition, airlines are making significant strides to reopen their own borders. The European Union has closed its external borders to all countries but its citizens. The EU’s COVID virus has caused a major economic disruption in the region, resulting in displaced people and disrupted supply chains. The airline industry is desperate to reopen its border for travel, and some groups are already rolling out plans to open airports.
While the IATA reports that the World is finally opening its borders for travel, there are still a number of hurdles. Some countries still have some limitations in their immigration policies and have not yet released their COVID-19 vaccination guidelines. In other countries, there are several different types of restrictions based on COVID-19. In the United States, the regulations on these diseases are a bit complicated and vary from country to country.