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GBTA Calls for End to Covid-19 Testing Requirements for Vaccinated Travelers

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is calling on governments in Europe, Canada, the US and Latin America to end Covid-19 testing requirements for vaccinated travelers.

“It’s been almost two years since the global pandemic was declared and while entire segments of the global economy have successfully reopened, business travel is still lagging far behind in recovery,” the assocation says.

According to the GBTA, corporations are reluctant to send people back on the road in large part due to the complexity and inconsistency of international testing requirements and entry and exit rules. These continue to be significant barriers to the return of business travel without adding demonstrated value when it comes to health and safety.

“These measures simply do not permit travel flexibility or schedule changes, add tremendous uncertainty, hurt productivity, and create financial burdens for businesses needing to send their employees on international business trips,” GBTA says.

Meanwhile, GBTA’s global corporate members say their biggest business travel challenge is inconsistent government rules that include cumbersome testing requirements and unclear vaccination policies – from understanding acceptable vaccine types to booster requirements to vaccination expiration dates. The risk of getting stuck in a foreign country is cause for reconsidering an international trip, both for companies and business travelers themselves.

In a recent GBTA industry poll, nearly 50 percent of respondents said they would like entry test requirements to go away for the vaccinated, and even more so in North America.

To that end, GBTA believes “governments should treat all travelers as individuals and not as a monolithic group when considering travel restrictions. At the minimum, Covid-19 testing for vaccinated travelers should be eliminated”.

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As long as confusing and unnecessary testing measures are maintained, previously forecast estimates for business travel recovery by 2023 are at risk (subject to further lifting of travel rules) and will push the return to pre-pandemic levels into 2024, the association concludes.

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  1. T. Ferguson Reply

    Why for only vaccinated tourists, this is a nonsense, vaccinated people can catch and spread the virus, so if you are still worried about a virus which has gone, vaccinated should be tested as well. Vaccines are proving to be useless and dangerous, many have natural immunity now, for gods sake stop this BS.

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