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Research Says Travel Restrictions Fail to Stop New COVID-19 Variants

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says analysis has shown that travel restrictions failed to prevent the spread of new COVID-19 variants.

The association points to new research from OXERA and Edge Health that shows that even if a new variant is discovered and travel restrictions introduced immediately, this only delays the peak of infections by a maximum of only four days.

According to the research, by the time that a new variant emerges, is identified, and restrictions are put in place, the variant is likely already circulating in communities around the world. In a scenario where restrictions are delayed by a week from identification, the peak in infections per 100,000 people is only delayed by a maximum of two days. 

In light of these findings, IATA and Airports Council International Europe have called for all remaining COVID restrictions applying to intra-EU and Schengen area travel to be dropped, including all testing requirements, the need to present proof of vaccination, or complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF). This includes dropping mask-wearing for travel within or between States where it is no longer required in other indoor environments.

Read more at IATA

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