IATA proposed mandatory checks for COVID-19 before international flights

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) proposed to conduct coronavirus tests before all international flights. This measure will help to avoid pressure on the quarantine industry, IATA CEO Alexander de Juniac said during a briefing.

“We see no alternative solution that would be less complex or more effective,” Reuters quoted him as saying.

The cost of a rapid antibody test is $7, said de Junyac. Air carriers will seek approval of the test with their help from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). In this case, to implement the measure requires a global agreement that the tests made on departure, taken in the country of arrival.

In this case, the implementation of mandatory testing will help passengers to be sure that everyone who flies with them is healthy, said the head of IATA.

On September 17, the authorities of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi reported on the introduction of a two-week quarantine for all arrivals, both tourists and local residents.

All those arriving in the emirate will be given electronic tracking bracelets. If the bracelet user leaves the “green” zone, the authorities will be notified.