March 17. The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) calls on governments in Europe, Canada, U.S., and Latin America to end COVID-19 testing requirements for vaccinated travelers. It’s been almost two years to the day since the global pandemic was declared. And while entire segments of the global economy have successfully reopened, business travel is still lagging far behind in recovery.
Corporations are reluctant to send people back on the road in large part due to the complexity and inconsistency of international testing requirements and entry and exit rules. These continue to be significant barriers to the return of business travel without adding demonstrated value when it comes to health and safety. These measures simply do not permit travel flexibility or schedule changes, add tremendous uncertainty, hurt productivity, and create financial burdens for businesses needing to send their employees on international business trips.
COVID-19 testing requirements are impacting the return to business travel, stifling continuity and competitiveness. In a recent GBTA industry poll, nearly 50% would like entry test requirements to go away for the vaccinated, and even more so in North America.