Key recommendations include:
- Publish the risk assessments that are used to make decisions relating to international travel to enhance predictability for both consumers and industry
- Review existing processes and apply “sunset” clauses to public health measures to ensure that they are only in place for as long as needed
- Develop a roadmap for restoring aviation connectivity in the post-pandemic phase.
These recommendations are supported by public opinion research of travelers which revealed that:
- 87% believe that governments must find the right balance in managing COVID-19 and enabling an economic recovery
- 86% believe that borders should be progressively re-opened as vaccination coverage and testing capacity grow
- 85% believe that mask-wearing on board is critical in the pandemic, but 62% believe that the requirement should be removed as soon as possible
“Travel is important. Pre-pandemic some 88 million livelihoods were directly connected to aviation. And the inability to travel freely by air has impacted the quality of life for billions of people. We know that travelers feel confident with the implementation of the COVID-19 safety measures. But they have clearly told us that the current travel experience needs to improve with better information, simpler processing and digital solutions. The Ministerial Declaration of the ICAO HLCC aligns with those of the G20 and the G7 in confirming that governments want to restore the social and economic benefits of global mobility. For that, industry and government must work together with a common vision of processes that are convenient for travelers, effective for governments and practical for the industry,” said Clifford.