The world of travel was a roller coaster ride in 2020. In the first 10 months of the pandemic alone, the reduction was 72%. Brutal. With travel restrictions, low consumer confidence and a global struggle to contain the virus, the world has experienced its worst year in the industry’s history.
Worldwide, Covid-19 killed more than 1.5 million people, made millions more sick, and shorted economies. Of all the industries suffering from its destructive impact, the travel industry has been brought down like no other.
But with the start of vaccination campaigns in the United States and Europe, the number of people flying in the United States is again increasing (it reached 1 million a day on the weekend before Christmas).
Yes, but security measures put in place after the 9/11 attacks are now only part of the travel experience. The quarantine rules and testing regulations remain in effect in many parts of the country.
Although Brazilians remain barred, the United States will begin to demand negative tests for coronavirus to enter the country, with the goal of stopping a new variant. The measure will take effect from the 26th of this month.
The announcement was made yesterday by the country’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, saying that all passengers wishing to enter the country must present a negative test for covid-19, to be carried out 3 days before departure:
“Passengers arriving by air are required to do a viral test (showing current infection), up to 3 days before the flight, and provide written documentation of the result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline, or provide documentation that proves to have recovered from covid-19. […] If the passenger does not present the documentation, or chooses not to take the test, the airline must deny boarding, ”says a statement.
While the world is in the vaccination phase, moving towards ending the worst year of our lives, the Butantan Institute finally presented to Brazil the news we had been waiting for about the effectiveness of CoronaVac. However, Brazil continues to look forward to the D-day and the H-hour. Let us pray.