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Quarantine exemption proposal for three-day business trips

The World & Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has welcomed a recommendation for those making international business trips of up to 72 hours to be exempt from quarantine rules.

The recommendation has been made by the European Union Avolition Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and is now under review and study by the UK Government.

The guidelines proposed by EASA and ECDC considered the reduced likelihood of the infection for those travelling for short periods and where contact with the local population is limited.

Gloria Guevara, WTTC president and CEO said: “The revival of international business travel is crucial to kickstarting the global economic recovery, as last year, inbound international business travel across Europe accounted for US$111.3b, whilst globally it accounted for more than US$272b.

“The EASA and ECDC proposed guidelines, to exempt passengers from quarantines for travel of 72 hours or less, would be a significant step in the right direction towards the wholesale revival of business travel,

“Airline hotels and a vast infrastructure of businesses with the global travel and tourism sectors, all heavily rely upon business travel.

“The loss of international business travel leaves airlines especially exposed, particularly on highly competitive short-haul and transatlantic routes, which depend upon them for the bulk of their profits.”

However, Guevara added that while the WTTC welcomes all recommendations that would kick-start the international travel sector again, it is urging the lobbying parties to consider testing at departure, rather than at the point of entry, “so as to reduce the possibility of transmission onboard aircraft and reduce unnecessary barriers to travel.”

However, regardless of any special conditions for business travellers embarking on short trips, the WTCC urges all who travel to ensure that adhere to local social distancing rules, to protect themselves and others around them, at all times.