LONDON, 14 January 2021: Unvaccinated
travellers should not be discriminated against according to a statement from
WTTC president and CEO Gloria Guevara.

She said: “WTTC wholeheartedly supports
testing on the departure of all travellers to ensure passengers can prove they
are Covid-19 free and thus avoid the spread.”

Acknowledging that it would take a
significant amount of time to vaccinate the global population, particularly
those in less advanced countries, or in different age groups, therefore we
should not discriminate against those who wish to travel but have not been
vaccinated.

“The common-sense approach is to allow the
free movement of people who can prove a negative test result, rather than
reserve travelling or jobs for a small minority who have been vaccinated.

“Furthermore, the most vulnerable groups
should be prioritised, a blanket vaccination requirement would simply
discriminate against non-vulnerable groups, such as Generation X, Z and
Millennials, who should be able to travel with proof of a negative Covid test,”
she said.

WTTC is campaigning for an internationally
recognised rapid and cost-effective testing regime at departure points
worldwide to avoid exporting the virus and aid the restoration of international
travel.