Travel Industry Calls On Biden Administration to End Travel Bans, Set Vaccine Passport Standards

By Paul Riegler on 22 March 2021
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Travelers at an information kiosk at the American Airlines terminal at JFK

A coalition of over two dozen industry groups representing the travel industry including U.S. airlines urged the Biden administration to formulate a plan that would allow the country to lift international travel restrictions.

The consortium, which includes Airlines for America, an industry trade group representing major U.S. airlines including American, Delta, Southwest, and United, want digital vaccine passport standard and called for the guidelines to exempt fully vaccinated individuals from international testing rules in a letter to Jeffrey Zients, the White House’s Covid-19 response team coordinator.

The group also wants to ask the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to update its guidelines to say that people who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus can travel safely, the letter, which was viewed by Frequent Business Traveler, said.

The group did not call for a reduction in current precautions such as those relating to social distancing or a requirement to don face masks, but it does want the White House to set standards for digital vaccine passports that can be used to traverse borders.

“To be clear, at this time, we do not support removal or easing of core public health protections, such as the universal mask mandate, inbound international testing requirement, physical distancing or other measures that have made travel safer and reduced transmission of the virus,” the letter said. “However, the data and science demonstrate that the right public health measures are now in place to effectively mitigate risk and allow for the safe removal of entry restrictions.”

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