September 22 (THEWILL) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the Joe Biden administration’s decision to allow vaccinated travelers to enter the United States with a negative COVID-19 test result before traveling from the beginning of November 2021.
Importantly, this replaces the so-called 212f restrictions which prevented anyone from entering the United States if they had been in 33 specific countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, all Schengen countries, Brazil, South Africa, India and China in the past 14 days.
Commenting on the development, IATA Managing Director Willie Walsh said, “Today’s announcement is a big step forward. Allowing access to the United States for those vaccinated will open up travel to the United States for many people who have been locked out in the past 18 months. This is great news for families and loved ones who have suffered the grief and loneliness of separation. It’s good for the millions of livelihoods in the United States that depend on global tourism. And that will stimulate economic recovery by allowing certain key markets for business travel ”.
“This announcement marks a key change in the risk management of COVID-19, from general considerations at the national level to the assessment of individual risks. The next challenge is to find a system to manage the risks for travelers who do not have access to vaccinations. The data indicates that testing is a solution ”.
“But it’s also critical that governments accelerate the global deployment of vaccines and agree to a global framework for travel in which testing resources are focused on unvaccinated travelers. We need to come back to a situation where the freedom to travel is available to everyone, ”Walsh added.