Quarantine measures obstructing aviation restart in Africa and Middle East

Α Decrease font Enlarge font
Quarantine measures obstructing aviation restart in Africa and Middle EastThirty-five countries in Africa and the Middle East have government-imposed quarantine measures in place

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on governments in Africa and Middle East (AME) to implement testing as an alternative to quarantine measures when re-opening their economies.

Thirty-five countries in Africa and the Middle East have government-imposed quarantine measures in place. This is an increase of seven countries since August. The impact is that the region effectively remains in lockdown despite borders being open. Recent public opinion research showed that 88% of travelers would not even consider traveling if quarantine measures were imposed on travelers at their destination.

“Mandatory quarantine measures stop people from traveling. We understand that governments’ priority is on protecting the well–being of their citizens. Quarantine destroys livelihoods. Testing is an alternative method that will also save travel and tourism jobs,” said Muhammad Albakri, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East.

Travelers support testing.  The latest IATA survey of passenger attitudes, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) shows 72% of people surveyed agreed that those who test negative for COVID should not have to quarantine and that 80% of people feel that COVID-19 is sufficiently under control in the country to open borders.

Quarantines, closed borders, and travel restrictions continue to decimate travel demand in Africa and the Middle East. Traffic levels in Africa and the Middle East saw the largest drop of all regions in July compared to 2019 levels. Total passenger traffic in Africa in July 2020 was 93.7% below 2019 levels and in the Middle East 95.5% below 2019 levels.

Aviation supported more than 6.2 million jobs and $56 billion in GDP in Africa and 2.4 million jobs and $130 billion in GDP in the Middle East pre-COVID-19. The economic impact of the collapse in air traffic in 2020 due to COVID-19 could be 3.5 million lost jobs and $35 billion in GDP in Africa and 1.5 million lost jobs and $85 billion in GDP Middle East.

 “Testing provides a safe alternative to quarantine and a solution to stop the economic and social devastation being caused by COIVID-19,” said Albakri.

RELATED TOPICS: GreeceGreek tourism newsTourism in GreeceGreek islandsHotels in GreeceTravel to GreeceGreek destinationsGreek travel marketGreek tourism statisticsGreek tourism report

Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Виктор В

Tornos
  1. 02/12 15:59

    Greek Minister: This Christmas must be a time of empathy and solidarity

  2. 02/12 15:43

    Minister: Goal is to use video conferencing for citizen-state interactions in Greece

  3. 02/12 13:26

    Greek Foreign Minister meets Egyptian Ambassador in Athens

  4. 02/12 13:18

    Prime Minister: The resilience of Greek exports a small feat

  5. 02/12 11:08

    Eight tombs from classical to Hellenistic period found in Peloponnese

  6. 01/12 21:11

    20% Germans returning home from ‘Covid-19’ countries use false names in forms

  7. 01/12 19:49

    Greek government: We will gradually open economic and social activity

  8. 01/12 17:59

    2,199 new Covid-19 cases and 111 fatalities recorded in Greece on Tuesday

  9. 01/12 17:10

    Deputy Health Minιster from Katerini: Next days will be crucial in Greece

  10. 01/12 16:28

    SNFCC Christmas World comes to life in Athens on December 1, 2020 (video)

  11. 01/12 16:16

    Survey: E-commerce turnover tripled to 15 billion euros in Greece during 2020

  12. 01/12 15:49

    AP: Critics warn COVID-19 test price caps may reduce testing in Greece

  13. 01/12 15:34

    Greek-American Press Secretary in Biden administration

  14. 01/12 15:22

    Cyprus announces death of a 72 year old male along with 182 coronavirus cases

  15. 01/12 09:35

    Expert: COVID-19 dispersal factor RT has fallen below 1 in Greece

  16. 01/12 01:00

    Survey: E-commerce turnover tripled to 15 billion euros in Greece during 2020

  17. 01/12 00:50

    Theaters of Ancient of Sikyon and Messene get more funds to improve access by visitors

  18. 30/11 21:08

    Greek government to announce updates concerning Covid-19 measures later in the week

  19. 30/11 19:39

    Greece records 1,044 new Covid-19 cases and 85 fatalities on Monday

  20. 30/11 19:26

    World Travel Awards 2020: Global prizes for Greek tourism - the full list of winners

  21. 30/11 19:04

    Greek researchers produce the first Greek Covid-19 rapid antigen test

  22. 30/11 15:11

    Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority extends coronavirus directives until December 7 and 14

  23. 30/11 14:55

    Revenue from tourism dropped by 83% in Cyprus during September 2020

  24. 30/11 14:41

    Greek PM: Slight improvement in northern Greece but next days will be difficult

  25. 30/11 00:45

    Greeks pay more than half a million euros in Covid-19 fines within a day

  26. 29/11 23:30

    Teleworking in Greece extended until December 31st due to pandemic

  27. 29/11 23:27

    Pfizer's CEO: Proud of how Greece handled the Covid-19 pandemic

  28. 29/11 23:24

    Prime Minister: “ Greece must not become low cost investment destination”

  29. 29/11 23:00

    AP: Cyprus lifting coronavirus local lockdowns but not curfew

  30. 29/11 21:17

    Cyprus announces 152 coronavirus cases and 114 positive rapid tests on Sunday

  31. 29/11 15:20

    Greek Shipping Minister hospitalized for 'faster treatment' of infection

  32. 29/11 15:14

    Government spokesperson: There's only one Covid-19 registry in Greece

  33. 28/11 23:10

    UNWTO advancing an international code for protection of tourists

  34. 28/11 23:06

    Greek PM urges Patras to observe health measures during patron saint holiday

  35. 28/11 19:42

    Germany removed Greece's Peloponnese from the Covid-19 red list

  36. 27/11 20:46

    Second coronavirus lockdown extended in Greece until December 7

  37. 27/11 19:31

    Progress update for the SNF Health Initiative in November 2020

  38. 27/11 14:05

    International Air Transport Association launches new exchange for offsets trading​

  39. 27/11 14:01

    Greek Health Minister: The national health system is standing

  40. 27/11 13:53

    AP: Thanksgiving travelers try to reach destinations and miss COVID-19 (video)

  41. 27/11 13:51

    Minister: Schools in Greece could reopen before holidays if epidemiological data permits

  42. 27/11 13:47

    New electric bus hits the streets of the Greek capital of Athens

  43. 27/11 13:42

    Athens Benaki Museum launches online benefit auction of donated art works

  44. 27/11 13:36

    Slovakia adds Greece to Covid-19 high-risk countries after rise in cases

  45. 27/11 13:32

    GNTO head Angela Gerekou: Our goal is sustainable tourism growth

  46. 27/11 13:26

    UNWTO chief in Tunisia: Investments and education focus of high-level visit

  47. 27/11 11:22

    Frontex: Refugee influx to Greece fell 74 % so far during 2020

  48. 27/11 10:53

    European Parliament condemns Varosha reopening by Turkey in Cyprus

  49. 26/11 22:06

    Greece's car Covid-19 mask wearing rules during lockdown explained

  50. 26/11 21:49

    No air carriers to 22 countries forces Cyprus to cancel mail service

  51. 26/11 20:58

    JetBlue Airways to host IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit in Boston

  52. 26/11 20:06

    Athens cultural institutions to receive emergency funding by Culture Ministry

  53. 26/11 18:46

    Aviation industry agrees on critical slot use relief

  54. 26/11 17:40

    IATA calls on governments to support industry move to sustainable aviation fuel

  55. 26/11 15:33

    Greek state budget showed primary deficit of 9.065 billion euros in January-October

  56. 26/11 13:20

    IATA: International air connectivity crisis threatens global economic recovery

  57. 26/11 11:52

    First visitors of Kerkini Lake started arriving from the north: Swans

  58. 26/11 11:31

    Strong frost expected during the night in northern Greece

  59. 26/11 01:20

    Greek tourism 2020: Loss of 20.8 million tourists and €12.6 billion in first 9 months

  60. 25/11 23:13

    No disruptions in international and domestic flights on Thursday and Friday

  61. 25/11 22:58

    Athens metro on strike, tram on work stoppage, buses & trolleys operate today

  62. 25/11 20:53

    Chinese Ambassador: Greece will become an investment destination after COVID-19

  63. 25/11 19:49

    Minister: National health agency has important role to play in pandemic response

  64. 25/11 15:42

    UNWTO global tourism plastics initiative welcomes 26 new signatories

  65. 25/11 13:30

    Minister: Our priority is for schools to reopen after experts offer advice

  66. 25/11 02:00

    "Greek Freak" hands out food to the needy in his old Athens neighbourhood

  67. 25/11 01:56

    Greek PM: Doctors working in ICUs to become permanent staff members

  68. 25/11 01:53

    House prices in Cyprus continued to rise in Q2 despite the pandemic

  69. 25/11 01:06

    7 creative things to do during the lockdown (and always)

  70. 24/11 21:06

    Bill restructuring Civil Aviation Authority is greenlighted by Greek Parliament

  71. 24/11 20:14

    Greece offers 50% tax deductions to foreigners and Greeks who live abroad

  72. 24/11 20:10

    Nobel prize winner's plan on Greece's development posted for public consultation

  73. 24/11 19:46

    Media report: Coronavirus lockdown won't be lifted for travel inside Greece yet

  74. 24/11 19:31

    Greek Minister: Our aim is to give the health system 10 days to 'catch its breath'

  75. 24/11 19:20

    IATA: Aviation industry deep losses continue into 2021

  76. 24/11 19:02

    U.S. Travel Association survey: Future travel with family is a priority for Americans

  77. 24/11 18:54

    Bank of Greece chief: Public debt sustainable at least until 2030

  78. 24/11 15:04

    Qantas CEO: Passengers will need vaccine proof for international flights

  79. 24/11 13:27

    Greek government spokesperson: It is not realistic to open on December 1

  80. 24/11 11:13

    Ipsos: Greece ranks 5th in top tourism brands globally

  81. 24/11 02:49

    International Air Transport Association's Director General will step down

  82. 24/11 02:45

    Greek economy to grow in 2021 with the Covid-19 vaccine a positive factor

  83. 24/11 02:41

    UNWTO in Uruguay: Marking resilience and supporting tourism's sustainable restart

  84. 23/11 22:38

    Greece records significant decrease in COVID-19 cases during last 24 hours

  85. 23/11 21:45

    The Greek government continues to support the national health system

  86. 23/11 19:00

    IATA digital health travel pass key to reopening borders safely

  87. 23/11 17:33

    No metro or tram in Athens on Thursday due to 24-hour strike action

  88. 23/11 17:09

    Greece offers €20 million in financial support to coastal ferry companies

  89. 23/11 13:14

    Interview - Eduardo Santander (ETC): Governments must support tourism firms with easy loans and relief

  90. 22/11 02:23

    Reconstruction of emblematic French Pier greenlighted by Greece's Culture Ministry

  91. 21/11 21:29

    Greek PM calls for for extension of support of EU economies against pandemic

  92. 21/11 20:35

    Greece registers 2,311 new Covid-19 cases and 108 fatalities on Saturday

  93. 21/11 18:39

    U-M Modern Greek Program cooperates with Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

  94. 21/11 15:52

    Air traffic controllers and safety mechanics to strike in Greece next week

  95. 21/11 15:24

    Greek PM to volunteer nurses: 'Act of kindness and deeply patriotic gesture'

  96. 21/11 13:47

    Hellenic College Holy Cross classes to continue online for Spring Semester

  97. 21/11 13:29

    European Commission President warns of 3rd coronavirus wave

  98. 21/11 11:44

    Registered unemployment increases in Greece during October

  99. 20/11 21:19

    Greek PM discusses child protection policy with UNICEF's new chief

  100. 20/11 21:14

    Hellenic Post warns customers not to open this phishing scam e-mail