The U.S. Travel Association, which Disney is a part of, is urging the federal government to lift international travel restrictions. The Association joined with 23 other trade organizations to propose a new policy framework.
“A Framework To Safely Lift Entry Restrictions And Restart International Travel” includes the following 3 guiding principles:
- Reserve entry restrictions for only the highest-risk countries.
- Replace all other blanket travel restrictions with a framework of risk-based entry protocols.
- Country-Level Risk Assesment
- Implement entry protocols based on individual risk profile
- Ensure the framework is easy to understand, communicate, and implement.
Short-term opportunities listed in the framework are:
- Quickly lift entry restrictions and reopen travel between the U.S. and the United Kingdom (UK)
- Quickly allow fully vaccinated individuals from non-high-risk countries to enter the U.S
- Ease entry restrictions by July 15, 2021, when the U.S. is forecast to achieve widespread immunity and sustained declines in infections and hospitalizations
“The travel industry agrees that being guided by the science is absolutely the correct approach, and the science has been telling us for some time that it’s possible to begin to safely reopen international travel,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “Our document continues to prioritize safety while providing a roadmap for solving for the billions of dollars in economic damage resulting from the continued restrictions on crossing our borders, in particular from allied countries with similar vaccination rates. We have the knowledge and the tools we need to restart international travel safely, and it is past time that we use them.”
Airlines for America President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio added that U.S. airlines are strong advocates for a risk-based, data-driven approach to safely resuming international travel. Research has consistently determined the risk of COVID-19 transmission onboard aircraft is very low. Calio said, “The science is clear—it is time, if not past the time, for the U.S. Government to take action and reopen travel between the U.S. and low-risk countries.”
Walt Disney World has been a popular destination for international travelers in the past. Reopening international travel will boost the U.S. economy as well as Disney’s business.
You can take a look at the full framework here.
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