GENEVA, 22 September 2021: The International Air Transport
Association (IATA) welcomed the decision by the Biden Administration to enable
vaccinated travellers to enter the US with a negative COVID-19 test result
before travel from early November.

Importantly, this supersedes the so-called 212f
restrictions, which prevented anyone from entering the US if they had been in
33 specific countries, including the UK, Ireland, all Schengen countries,
Brazil, South Africa, India, and China within the last 14 days.

“Today’s (Tuesday) announcement is a major step
forward. Allowing access to the US for those vaccinated will open travel to the
US for many who have been locked out for the past 18 months. This is excellent
news for families and loved ones who have suffered through the heartache and
loneliness of separation. It’s good for the millions of livelihoods in the US
that depend on global tourism. And it will boost the economic recovery by
enabling some key business travel markets,” said IATA’s director general
Willie Walsh.

“This announcement marks a key shift in managing the
risks of COVID-19 from blanket considerations at the national level to the
assessment of individual risk. The next challenge is finding a system to manage
the risks for travellers who do not have access to vaccinations. Data points to
testing as a solution. But it is also critical that governments accelerate the
global rollout of vaccines and agree on a global framework for travel where
testing resources are focused on unvaccinated travellers. We must get back to a
situation where the freedom to travel is available to all,” Walsh

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