UNWTO and WHO call for travel restrictions to be lifted, say they have proven ineffective

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The two United Nations agencies, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have agreed to cooperate in the recovery of the travel sector and call for the lifting of travel measures which continue to contributing to economic and social stress.

Such comments were made during the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee held in Geneva in early January, during which members noted that measures such as testing, isolation, quarantine and vaccines imposed on travelers should be based on risk assessments, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

In recent days, a growing number of different countries have already started relaxing their travel rules around the world, bringing them into line with WHO recommendations for safe international mobility, after the latter claimed that travel restrictions imposed had not affected the spread of the virus. .

A press release issued today by the UNWTO says that the leaders of the World Health Organization and the World Tourism Organization in Geneva also agreed on the importance of easing or lifting travel bans. to travel.

Meanwhile, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said global tourism has followed all advice given by the WHO since the start of this crisis.

Furthermore, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus added that health should remain a top priority although countries facilitate health measures.

“By basing decisions on evidence and a risk-based approach tailored to their specific context, countries can strike the right balance between keeping people safe, protecting livelihoods and the economy, and maintaining the opening of borders, he also added.

According to the UNWTO, destinations around the world are reporting an increase in tourist numbers due to the easing of measures and the lifting of restrictions, which could have a positive impact on economic recovery.

In this regard, Switzerland is one of the first destinations in Europe, which has reviewed its travel restrictions and at the same time welcomed the UNWTO delegation at the start of a week of critical meetings.

>> Switzerland lifts all travel requirements and other restrictions related to COVID-19

In addition, Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, underlined that building a global architecture requires building trust in societies and economies in the context of the pandemic, as well as other opportunities for tourism to contribute to this process in which UNWTO also plays a vital role.

Recent data released on 25 January by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) shows that as of 10 January this year, almost two out of three people in the European Region had been infected at least once with COVID- 19, or 63 percent. hundred of the continent’s population.

However, since the first cases of COVID-19 were detected in the region, a total of 123 million cases have been detected, more than a third of the confirmed cases globally.

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