Travel and tourism industry leaders have called for an immediate resumption of international travel through rigorous testing and enhanced hygiene protocols, stressing the industry cannot wait for a full vaccine roll-out.
The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) said that while it recognises vaccination will play a major long-term role in combating coronavirus, travel could be achieved safely now within existing Covid guidelines.
Its call has been backed by Airports Council International (ACI), the World Economic Forum (WEF), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), who together say the world can’t just sit and wait for vaccines.
"They must not be a requirement to travel as this will further delay the revival of the already ailing travel and tourism sector, which needs to restart now to save itself, millions of jobs in the sector and beyond, and the global economy," said the WTTC.
"Getting people back to work will also provide enormous health benefits to those around the world, whose livelihoods have been affected by the devastating Covid-19 pandemic."