GBTA is urging a 'thoughtful' approach to Omicron GBTA is urging a 'thoughtful' approach to Omicron

Omicron: Thoughtful approach urged

As regions and governments around the world assess the potential impact of the fast-emerging Omicron variant, and therefore what actions to take, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) continues to encourage a clear, consistent and thoughtful approach.

This is especially in terms of keeping country borders open to travellers.

GBTA supports that any actions taken should focus on vaccination or recovery status and individual traveller risk, instead of broad-reaching travel restrictions or border shutdowns. 

GBTA also calls for using consistent guidance and protocols worldwide for determining actions that would restrict or ban travel domestically and internationally related to new Covid-19 developments such as Omicron and potential future variants.

GBTA continues to encourage governments to take into consideration the difference between business travel and leisure travel, especially when it comes to keeping borders open for international travel and getting back to doing business. In a recent GBTA survey of business travellers worldwide, 91% said they are fully or partially vaccinated.

‘Travel bans, border closures and quarantines have greatly impacted business travel and therefore the world’s ability to do business,’says Suzanne Neufang, CEO, GBTA.

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