Tourism

Essential travel must be prioritised when international travel resumes: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued advice for national health authorities on the gradual return of international travel.

In a document laid out to provide governments and health authorities of WHO member states with elements to consider when preparing to open their borders, the health authority has argued that essential travel must first be prioritised.

“WHO recommends that priority should be given to essential travel for emergencies, humanitarian actions … travel of essential personnel (including emergency responders and providers of public health technical support, critical personnel in [the] transport sector such as seafarers and diplomatic officers), and repatriation,” WHO said.

“Cargo transport should also be prioritised for essential medical, food and energy supplies. Sick travellers and persons at risk including elderly travellers and people with chronic diseases or underlying health conditions, should delay or avoid travelling internationally to and from areas with community transmission.”

According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), at least 40 per cent of nations around the world have eased coronavirus travel restrictions – around half (41) of which are in Europe.

The WHO said that in addition to the public health risk of the coronavirus, countries should consider economic, political, and social considerations when deciding on resuming international travel.

However, the health authority said that each country should conduct a risk-benefit analysis and decide on its priorities before going ahead.

It also maintained the position that travel restrictions alone are not effective in “dealing with the movement” of the coronavirus, stating that there is no “zero risk” when considering the potential importation or exportation of cases when resuming international travel.

However, health experts are not in full agreement with that assessment.

Dr Norman Swan, host of the ABC’s Coronacast podcast, over the weekend said: “Our experience in Australia is different”.

“The key thing in this which we’ve been saying on Coronacast for a long time now is that you go in hard and you go in early; therefore, I think it is probably quite reasonable that Queensland shuts its borders to people from Greater Sydney,” he said.

“You saw what happened with just a single man arriving in south-west Sydney from Victoria. That’s probably the source of most of what’s happened in New South Wales over the last couple of weeks.”


Featured image source: iStock/izzetugutmen

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Aviation

New flight tracking tech sheds fresh light on MH370 mystery

New research suggests the pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 made a series of turns to escape detection before […]

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Tourist rescued from shattered glass suspension bridge in China

The tourist narrowly escaped death after becoming trapped on a 100-meter high glass suspension bridge in gale-force winds. 

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

The Star lobs merger offer at rival Crown to create $12bn tourism and entertainment giant

by Huntley Mitchell

The Star faces some competition, however, from a private equity firm that wants to take over Crown (which, FYI, has also just hired a new CEO).

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Borders to stay shut until at least 2022, says Treasurer

Meanwhile, ScoMo reckons Australians don’t have the “appetite” for international travel. What an absolute load of bollocks.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

New Zealand welcomes back travellers from NSW following 48-hour pause

After being left in limbo for two days, NSW travellers have been given the green light from New Zealand to grab their suitcase and head to the airport.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Registrations open for Travel DAZE 2021!

Get excited, people! Travel DAZE is back for another year to help foster the reboot of travel and tourism.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Road trip guide: The Golden Quest Discovery Trail

by Sponsored by Tourism Western Australia

Put together a dream road trip through WA’s goldfields and immerse your clients in 125 years of gold rush history along this rugged and beautiful trail.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Road trip guide: The Ardi Cultural Drive

by Sponsored by Tourism Western Australia

The people of the Dampier Peninsula welcome visitors to see their ancient land and culture, proving there is more to the Kimberleys’ coastal wilderness than striking white sand, turquoise sea and pindan cliffs.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Road trip guide: The Gibb River Road

by Sponsored by Tourism Western Australia

Western Australia is home to epic four-wheel-drive adventures through one of the last true wilderness areas on earth – The Gibb River Road.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Road trip guide: Cruise the Coral Coast Highway

by Sponsored by Tourism Western Australia

The Coral Coast Highway stretches 1,250km from Perth to Exmouth and is recognised as one of Australia’s greatest scenic drives.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Road trip guide: The South West Edge

by Sponsored by Tourism Western Australia

Weaving between wine regions, towering forests and along marine life-rich coast, The South West Edge is an epic road trip around, you guessed it, the south-western edge of WA.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Former Etihad boss detained for trying to skip hotel quarantine using Aussie passport

The millionaire was reported to UK authorities after he was heard bragging about switching passports to avoid a 10-day quarantine stint.

Share

CommentComments