October 7. The government’s decision to retain solely Latin American countries on its slashed red list according to the chief executive of the Latin American Travel Association.
Danny Callaghan welcomed news that some countries in the region were removed from the list in the latest government update on Thursday, but said he was “at an utter loss” to understand the treatment of the region, and particularly the rationale for retaining Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Panama.
The four nations are among just seven to be retained on the red list, alongside Venezuela, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Callaghan said: “We are pleased to see that a number of Latin American countries have finally been removed from the red list which will be a huge relief to our travel partners, many of whom are Latin American specialists and have not been able to trade at all for the last 18 months.
“We hope that this will provide a lifeline to some of these companies and enable them to recoup some business for the remainder of 2021.
“However, it beggars’ belief that all the remaining seven countries on the red list are in, or off the coast of, Latin America. Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Panama are all way ahead of other countries that have come off the list in terms of case rates, vaccination and testing regimes.
“I am at an utter loss to understand how this continued poor treatment of Latin American countries can be justified.”
Callaghan added: “I also feel that these developments could very easily have been announced two weeks ago, before the end of furlough, and might well have saved jobs in our sector.
Source: Travel Weekly