More and more countries including the United States, Canada, Japan, Greece, the Netherlands, Sweden and France are insisting on testing tourists from China before leaving.
These measures are taken due to an increase in the number of outbreaks of infection in China, which in turn began after Beijing abandoned its tough measures to contain the coronavirus last month. which have shown themselves to be ineffective during the previous three years, — Willie Walsh, Director General of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), commented on the event.
IATA, which represents 300 airlines that account for 83 percent of all air travel, says the coronavirus is already widespread in the very countries requiring testing. In addition, studies conducted in late 2021 in connection with the emergence of the Omicron variant made it clear that the introduction of travel restrictions had little effect on the peak of the disease.
“We have the means to cope with COVID-19 without resorting to useless actions that interrupt international traffic, damage the economy and the labor market,” continued Willy Walsh.
Global passenger traffic, which practically zeroed in early 2020, is estimated to have recovered to 70.6 percent of the pre-crisis level. These figures are lower than previously predicted, primarily due to tight restrictions in China.
On January 8, Chinese officials announced that they were lifting the quarantine requirement for incoming travelers.
Beijing called growing international restrictions on travelers leaving its territory “unacceptable” and threatened to take action “based on the principle of reciprocity.”