The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has cautioned against discriminating against unvaccinated global tourists, noting that comprehensive testing will allow free and safe movement for all.
“WTTC wholeheartedly supports the testing on departure of all travellers to ensure passengers can prove they are COVID-19 free and thus avoid the spread,” said Gloria Guevara, WTTC President and CEO.
According to her, it will take a significant amount of time to vaccinate the global population, particularly those in less advanced countries. “Only a tiny percentage of people around the world have so far received the vaccine, whereas there are vast numbers who have not, but who could be tested, show a negative result and travel safely.
“The common-sense approach is to allow the free movement of people who can prove a negative test result rather than reserve travelling or jobs for a small minority who have been vaccinated.”
Guevara added that the most vulnerable groups should be prioritised for vaccinations. “A blanket vaccination requirement would simply discriminate against non-vulnerable groups, such as Generation X, Z and Millennials, who should be able to travel with proof of a negative COVID test.”
She pointed out that the WTTC had long been calling for an internationally recognised rapid and cost-effective testing regime at departure points worldwide. “This would avoid exporting the virus and aid the restoration of international travel.”