The International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Wednesday stated that more than 20 countries have wholly or partially lifts restraints for Covid vaccinated international travelers.
It also praised about the growing number of countries making data and evidence-driven decisions to open their borders to vaccinated travelers.
"In cases where vaccination is not possible, access to quarantine-free travel should be provided through Covid-19 testing strategies based on popularly available, free-of-charge tests," stated the IATA, which supports unrestricted access to travel for vaccinated travelers. The latest information collected by IATA, including its 'Timatic' service, shows that for vaccinated travelers more than 20 countries have partially lifted restrictions.
IATA's Director General Willie Walsh stated that Germany and at least 20 other countries have taken an important step forward in re-opening their borders to vaccinated international visitors or travellers.
There is increasing scientific evidence that vaccination is not only protecting people but also dramatically reducing the risk of Covid-19 transmission. This is bringing us closer to a world where vaccination and testing facilitates the freedom to travel without quarantine.
"A safe opening of borders to international travel is the goal and scientific evidence and data such as that presented by RKI, ECDC and US CCDC should be the basis for the decision-making needed to achieve that," stated the Director General.