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EU airports welcome updated health safety rules for air travel

The guidance in four points -ATTACHMENT

Europe’s airports welcomed the publication yesterday by EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) and ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) of their updated Aviation Health Safety Protocol, which advises European States and industry on the progressive de-escalation of protective measures aimed at limiting the risk of COVID-19 infection during air travel.

Reflecting the evolution of the epidemiological situation and risks as well as the latest scientific evidence, this updated guidance: 

  • Advises the alignment of mask wearing rules at airports and on-board aircraft with national rules on public transport both in arrival and departure States. This means that whenever mask wearing is no longer mandatory on public transport, this also needs to be the case at airports and on-board aircraft.
  • Removes the requirement to ensure physical distancing within terminals and other airport areas.
  • Removes access restrictions to airport terminals, thus allowing both passengers and all other visitors to enter and use the range of services there.
  • Advises that where health checks and testing requirements remain in place, States should implement “One Stop” arrangements to avoid duplication between departure, transit and arrival processes.

The integral version of the report (21 pages) is attached to this AVIONEWS.

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