AviationAAPA says arbitrary restrictions and blanket travel bans are inconsistent with the International Health Regulations

Trade association questions coronavirus crackdown

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Trade association questions coronavirus crackdown

KUALA LUMPUR – The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has questioned governments who have introduced various measures including travel advisories, border entry restrictions and quarantine requirements, in a bid to contain the coronavirus epidemic.

Regrettably, some of these measures, whilst well-intentioned seem to lack any proper public health justification, whilst causing significant and widespread disruption to travel and trade activities across the world.– Andrew Herdman, AAPA director-general

Andrew Herdman, AAPA director-general, said, "Regrettably, some of these measures, whilst well-intentioned seem to lack any proper public health justification, whilst causing significant and widespread disruption to travel and trade activities across the world.  

“Arbitrary restrictions and blanket travel bans are inconsistent with the International Health Regulations and result in unnecessary inconvenience and added uncertainty amongst members of the public.”

Mr Herdman urged governments in Asia and elsewhere to strengthen dialogue and work together with the World Health Organisation, ICAO, and other stakeholders to develop “a more comprehensive strategy and globally co-ordinated set of policy measures in response to the current outbreak”.

"At this critical juncture, improved co-operation and co-ordination by international organisations, national governments, health authorities and everybody involved in combating this global health emergency are of overriding importance.”

AAPA said it was worth noting that the WHO has to date not recommended any restriction of international travel or trade based on the current information.

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