The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has welcomed Singapore’s announcement on the easing of travel restrictions for entry into the country.
In a statement issued by the global aviation body, the Deputy Director-General of IATA, Conrad Clifford, described Singapore’s action as a positive step in the right direction and hoped other Asia Pacific states would take similar steps with their borders.
The statement read in part, “Singapore’s announcement is a positive step in the right direction. We understand the need for a cautious approach and look forward to seeing further lifting of quarantine requirements. This will help with the recovery of the aviation and tourism sectors.
It has been 1.5 years since the world closed its borders to international travel. A lot more is known today about COVID-19. Unfortunately, many states in the Asia Pacific continue to adopt a risk-averse zero-COVID approach and continue to shut their borders. This is not sustainable and is detrimental to both their economies and their populations.
We have seen moves around the world to reopen borders, allow international travel, and restart their aviation and tourism sectors. Asia-Pacific risks being left behind.
A data-driven approach using vaccination and testing can manage the risk of COVID-19 when reopening borders to international travel. Singapore has shown leadership in demonstrating that it is safe to reopen international travel without quarantine. I hope other Asia Pacific states will take similar steps with their borders.”