The global airline alliances — SkyTeam, oneworld and Star Alliance — are renewing their calls for governments to adopt aligned travel measures to safely restart international travel and global connectivity. The three alliances are specifically calling on G7 governments to agree on a common set of travel and health standards at their upcoming leadership summit, June 11–13.
The alliances urge the governments to adopt the following regulations:
- Fully vaccinated passengers should be exempt from quarantine
- COVID-19 testing should be easily accessible, affordable and consistent
- Connecting passengers at airports should not be subject to additional testing or quarantine restrictions at the point of transfer if remaining in the transit zone
Additionally, the three alliances support IATA’s call for governments to adopt digital processes to manage all the health credentials required, as well as for G7 member states to agree to common requirements and standards for health credentials as set out by the World Health Organization and International Civil Aviation Organization.
The three CEOs of the global alliance, Kristin Colvile, SkyTeam; Rob Gurney, oneworld; and Jeffrey Goh, Star Alliance, said, “International air travel and tourism are vital to the global economy. With considerable data now available to support government decisions in managing risks, decisive action from G7 members to open borders and support clear, consistent, and data-driven measures, would remove uncertainty, particularly around testing and quarantine. Vaccination will have a key role in the restart of international air travel and tourism. We strongly advocate for governments to accept accredited vaccination as a safe and appropriate reason to avoid quarantines. In the meantime, while we wait for the global population to be substantially vaccinated, it is important to have robust and consistent testing protocols, along with interoperable digital solutions developed to facilitate the customer journey.”
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