WTTC calls for test on departure


The WTTC said that quarantines needed to be reduced further or completely replaced with a comprehensive and internationally recognised test upon departure. 

Until a vaccine is widely available, the WTTC said this was the only way to get business travellers moving again.

Commenting on the UK government’s latest move, that will cut the travel quarantine lockdown if passengers test negative on the fifth day, the organisation said it would provide a much-needed economic boost and was a step towards reviving international travel.

WTTC said that the move, which will come into effect on 15 December, was significant progress to restoring travel, especially for leisure travellers.

However, while many holidaymakers will embrace the reduced quarantine and will be able to afford the test, which will cost between £65 and £120, WTTC said it won’t be enough to resuscitate meaningful business travel.

Gloria Guevara, WTTC president & CEO, said: “Cutting the hugely disruptive 14-day quarantine to just five days with a test, albeit a rather expensive one, will be welcomed throughout the Travel & Tourism sector as real progress.

“However, whilst it may provide the shot in the arm needed to bring about the return of some international leisure travel, it is simply not enough to bring back the economically boosting business travel.

“A single internationally recognised cost-effective test for all departing air passengers should be used to remove crippling quarantines and begin the gradual process to revive international travel, save the sector and bring back millions of jobs around the globe.”