We should not discriminate against those who wish to travel but have not been vaccinated: Gloria Guevara

WTTC believes that the unvaccinated travellers should not be discriminated against.

Addressing the issue of unvaccinated travellers from receiving a negative travelling experience, Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO said, “WTTC wholeheartedly supports the testing on departure of all travellers to ensure passengers can prove they are COVID-19 free and thus avoid the spread."

Highlighting the fact that immediate vaccination of everyone around the globe is not achievable, Guevara commented, “It will take a significant amount of time to vaccinate the global population, particularly those in less advanced countries, or in different age groups, therefore we should not discriminate against those who wish to travel but have not been vaccinated." 

Guevara further said, “Only a tiny percentage of people around the world have so far received the vaccine, whereas there are vast numbers who have not, but who could be tested, show a negative result, and travel safely. The common sense approach is to allow the free movement of people who can prove a negative test result, rather than reserve travelling or jobs for a small minority who have been vaccinated."

“Furthermore, the most vulnerable groups should be prioritised, a blanket vaccination requirement would simply discriminate against non-vulnerable groups, such as Generation X, Z and Millennials, who should be able to travel with proof of a negative COVID test," she said.

“WTTC has long been calling for an internationally recognised rapid and cost-effective testing regime at departure points worldwide. This would avoid exporting the virus and aid the restoration of international travel,” she concluded.

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