UNWTO adds its voice to the WHO statement on travel restrictions

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UNWTO adds its voice to the WHO statement on travel restrictions
Source: UNWTO
January 25, 2022

The World Tourism Organization has welcomed the World Health Organization's call for measures imposed by states to be lifted or eased


The World Tourism Organization (WTO) has welcomed the call by its sister United Nations agency, the World Health Organization (WHO), for travel restrictions to be lifted or eased.

Citing new evidence on the rise and spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the WHO has pointed out that travel restrictions are not only ineffective but also counterproductive. Echoing the UNWTO's recurring warning against the use of blanket restrictions, the 10th meeting of the WHO International Health Regulations Emergency Committee (Geneva, January 19) concluded that such measures have done little to stop the spread of new variants and instead have caused social and economic damage. , especially in developing countries.

The Committee also noted that travel restrictions may "discourage transparent and rapid reporting of emerging Variants of Concern", in line with UNWTO's warning by the end of 2021. WHO also states that additional travel measures and Mitigations, including but not limited to testing, isolation and quarantine, and vaccinations, must always be “evidence-based” and adapted to changing circumstances.

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