Obstacles for Summer 2021

Summer seems far from now, but really, is it? There is hope: some do say that summer vacations may be possible this year. More and more people will be slipping away from their countries this spring and even more by mid-year, as vaccines get approved and people get vaccinated. “I’m actually quite confident that first of May onwards … we’ll all be in a much better world,” said Paul Charles, founder and CEO of London-based travel consultancy The PC Agency. 

“When you don’t have a coordinated global approach, it’s very difficult for the industry to go forward, especially when you have the rules of the game changing basically every single day,” said Luis Felipe de Oliveira, director general of Airports Council International (ACI). According to CNN, here are some obstacles travelers and the industry need to overcome as people start traveling again:

Eliminating quarantines:

Mandatory — and shifting — quarantine requirements “basically are killing the process to restart the industry,” de Oliveira said. The time invested in quarantine in, along with confusion after trips, are big deterrents for anyone who wants to travel. “A test-out mechanism is needed to avoid quarantines,” says Tori Emerson Barnes, executive vice president of public affairs and policy at the national nonprofit U.S. Travel Association, which has been advocating for a science-driven, risk-based approach to reopening international travel “in particular looking at the elimination of quarantines if you have the right testing protocol in place.” In other words, we need to have trusty equipment to be able to travel again, and eliminate quarantines. 

Getting Vaccinated… and proving it:

As spring comes soon, travel industries are going to have to add additional requirements to show proof for negative tests and of vaccinations. For example, Australia announced that all passengers must be tested negative in order to fly, or they must have a vaccination certificate. But everyone knows that getting vaccinated is not a fast and easy process, yet alone shipping vaccines out to different countries is difficult. 

Measures in meantime:

Seamless international travel won’t happen with the flick of a wand. People have to wait for coronavirus cases to subside, so public transportation methods are as safe as possible. Many corporations are coming out with their own solutions. For example, Delta Air Lines is trying out Covid-tested, quarantine-free flights to the Netherlands.

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