Alexandria, VA – January 28, 2021 – As the governments of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and the European Union broaden or impose quarantine periods for international travelers, the Global Business Travel Association issued the following statement on COVID-19-related travel policies around the world.

“The business travel industry and its millions of jobs globally continue to support all necessary and practical measures to make travel safe again,” said Dave Hilfman, interim Executive Director of GBTA, which represents more than 9,000 members worldwide. “These measures, put in place to mitigate risk, protect travelers and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, should continue to be science-based and to strike the appropriate balance between public health and protecting the global economy.”

“However, the move towards quarantines despite multiple studies that question their effectiveness is a real problem.  The science suggests that quarantines rank far down the list of effective COVID-19 mitigation measures, “ said Hilfman. “Pre-departure testing can help ensure the safety of travelers and residents, while allowing essential international travel to take place without compromising public health. At a time when the business travel industry continues to fight for its existence, a comprehensive approach that does not embrace quarantines can help stop the pandemic and stop the further proliferation of job losses and financial ruin.”