China is open: let’s not take two steps backwards


Airports Council International (ACI) World is calling on governments globally to take a coordinated and risk-based approach when managing inbound travellers from China, following the implementation of travel restrictions by several countries. This follows recent statements published by ACI Asia-Pacific and ACI EUROPE on the matter.

We can’t repeat past mistakes. We are working with ICAO and other international organisations to protect connectivity – which is vital to fully restoring the travel, trade and tourism that provide economic and social benefits to communities worldwide.

As such, we welcome the Government of China’s plan to lift Covid-19 quarantine requirements for international arrivals. As the last major economy in the world to re-open its borders, the decision represents a key milestone in the recovery of air travel. We now call on them to go further and re-assess their testing requirements as well.

In order to ensure the smooth recovery of air traffic and the benefits this brings, cooperation and the establishment of standards through ICAO, WHO and others that harmonise the processes for international travel between countries are crucial. Several States are now reactively re-introducing Covid-19 testing and other health measures for travellers from China.

ACI World strongly reiterates that if any health-related travel measures are deemed necessary, that they be risk- and evidence-based. It is imperative for governments to have a harmonised response and to coordinate this response with other countries and aviation stakeholders. Let’s not take two steps backwards, but continue to move forward with the valuable lessons learned from the past.

About ACI

Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, is a federated organisation comprising ACI World, ACI Africa, ACI Asia-Pacific, ACI EUROPE, ACI Latin America-Caribbean and ACI North America. As of January 2022, ACI serves 717 members, operating 1,950 airports in 185 countries.

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