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The World Health Organization (WHO) says it’s time for countries to lift or at least loosen their existing travel restrictions related to COVID-19.
According to VOANews, the group’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee said during their most recent meeting that coronavirus-related travel bans are “are not effective in suppressing international spread,” and cited the most recent surge as proof.
“The failure of travel restrictions introduced after the detection and reporting of Omicron variant to limit the international spread of Omicron demonstrates the ineffectiveness of such measures over time,” the committee’s report stated. In addition, it said such restrictions “do not provide added value and continue to contribute to the economic and social stress experienced by citizens.”
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Editor’s note: This post has been updated with more recent information. Testing is much more accessible now than it was earlier on in the pandemic. As more people are vaccinated against COVID-19, some countries have dropped testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers. But depending on where you want to go — and as the highly …Testing is much more accessible now than it was earlier on in the pandemic.
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The agency advised that safety measures such as masking, testing, isolation/quarantine and vaccination “should be based on risk assessments to avoid placing an excessive financial burden on international travelers.”
The WHO cautioning against blanket travel restrictions is not a new stance for the agency. When the omicron variant first became known, it advised countries to take a “risk-based and scientific approach” to combatting the variant, as opposed to simply reinstating travel restrictions.
This follows the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updating its travel advisory lists for 40 countries and territories due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases around the world. The CDC urged Americans to avoid travel to countries including Israel, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Panama, Argentina, Egypt, Albania and Uruguay, all now due to a surge in COVID-19 cases there. Those nations are now at the agency’s Level 4: Very High recommendation, the highest for risk from coronavirus.
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The UK also relaxed some of its COVID-19 restrictions last week, which led travel industry experts to forecast that international travel will reach 90 percent of what it was before the pandemic.
One change? Fully vaccinated travelers and children under 18 no longer need to take a pre-departure COVID test when they return to the U.K.
Featured image of a COVID-19 testing sign at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on February 4, 2021, in Los Angeles, California by Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images.
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