Public health considerations while resuming general travel

  • Community transmission: Countries/area/territories experiencing incomparable outbreaks of internal delivery tangible by an comment of factors including, though not singular to:
    • Large numbers of cases not linkable to delivery bondage
    • Large numbers of cases from sentry laboratory notice
    • Multiple separate clusters in several areas of a country/territory/area.

    The risk of importation of cases in a nation of attainment depends on a series of factors including a epidemiological conditions in a nation of depart and a nation of arrival:

    • When a nation of depart and a nation of attainment share a identical power of SARS-CoV-2 pathogen transmission, there is no estimable risk of power impact on a stream epidemiological situation.
    • When a nation of depart is experiencing a some-more heated delivery of SARS-CoV-2 pathogen than a nation of arrival, a risk of adversely inspiring a epidemiological conditions in a nation of attainment is higher.
    • When a nation of depart is experiencing delivery of reduce intensity, afterwards a risk of adversely inspiring a epidemiological conditions in a nation of attainment is lower.

    The above risk comment should also take into comment new believe as it emerges. Sub-national variations might be deliberate in both countries.

    Countries should invariably devise for and cruise their swell capacities for testing, tracking, isolating and doing alien cases and quarantine of contacts.

    3.2   Public health and intersectoral capacity

    Assessing a risk that alien cases could poise to a inhabitant response to a pestilence depends both on open health and health services ability and a ability of other applicable sectors.

    WHO Interim Guidance on “Considerations in adjusting open health and amicable measures in a context of COVID-19,”[7] highlights 6 areas compulsory to minimize a risk of increasing delivery of COVID-19: control of transmission
    including hit tracing and isolation, sufficient open health workforce and health systems capacities, minimizing risks in high-vulnerability settings, workplace surety measures, managed risks of importation or exportation from communities
    with high risks of delivery and full rendezvous of communities. WHO has grown minute technical and operational annexes for many of these areas and provides a set of criteria to cruise a need for adjusting open health and social
    measures during inhabitant turn [8]:

    1) Is a widespread controlled?

    2) Is a open health notice complement means to detect cases and contacts and brand any resurgence of cases, quite among travellers?

    3) Is a health complement means to cope with a resurgence of COVID-19?

    The WHO updated COVID-19 Strategy [9] has summarized objectives in propinquity to sectors over health, such as unfamiliar affairs, finance, education, transport, ride and tourism, open works, H2O and sanitation, environment, amicable protection
    and agriculture. The aim is to precedence resources and efforts to safeguard that each zone of supervision and multitude takes tenure of a response, participates in it and helps forestall delivery by sector-specific and ubiquitous measures,
    including compelling palm hygiene, respiratory practice and individual-level earthy distancing.

    Other factors outward open health

    In serve to a open health risk acted by a COVID-19 pandemic, countries should also take into comment other economic, domestic and amicable considerations when determining on resuming ubiquitous travel. Such considerations should be assessed
    with applicable stakeholders and suitable experts and authorities. Relevant superintendence can be found, for example, by a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) [10], a World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) [11], a International Labour
    Organization (ILO) [12], a International Maritime Organization (IMO) [13], and a World Bank [14].

    Some United Nations (UN) agencies that play pivotal roles in ancillary States in resuming ubiquitous travels have launched petrify COVID-19-related initiatives in line with their agency-specific mandates with a active appearance of States
    and other ubiquitous organizations. This includes a International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), that grown superintendence for resumption of ubiquitous atmosphere ride (Take-off document) [15]  in partnership with other UN agencies
    and applicable attention partners.


    Understanding that a slackening efforts to quell COVID-19 eventually tumble on countries and territories during destination. Countries should have suitable open health and health systems capacities, quite during points of entrance (ports, airports,
    belligerent crossings) to test, besiege and yield cases, and quarantine their contacts, and sell information and information internationally, as appropriate.

    4.1   Coordination and planning

    Working opposite sectors is essential for a correct doing of open health measures. The ride zone is executive to ride operations, though a impasse of other sectors such as trade, agriculture, tourism and confidence are essential
    to constraint all a operational aspects compared with a light resumption of ubiquitous travels.

    Although not privately designed for a COVID-19 pandemic, collection for ubiquitous ability comment for health puncture preparedness can be helpful. WHO has constructed a apparatus surveying vicious preparedness, willingness and response actions. [16]

    4.2   Surveillance and box government capacity

    Active epidemiological notice for box detection, box isolation, hit marker and hit follow-up are executive to a effective government of a COVID-19 pestilence [17], [18]. Suspect and reliable cases should fast be isolated,
    and contacts of reliable cases should be quarantined [19]. Persons who are think or reliable to have COVID-19 and contacts of reliable cases [20] should not be authorised to travel.

    Use of existent notice systems and laboratory capacity

    The inhabitant notice complement for COVID-19 would advantage from information common by existent respiratory illness notice systems, such as those for influenza, influenza-like-illness or critical strident respiratory illness. A sufficient
    workforce of lerned open health or village health workers for box showing and hit tracing, and integrated risk communication and village rendezvous including by amicable media to safeguard race acceptance are pivotal elements
    for effective surveillance. Countries should have sufficient laboratory contrast ability and a transparent contrast devise to reliably brand cases and snippet contacts, including among incoming travellers. WHO superintendence on notice [21] and
    hit tracing [22] should be followed.

    Digital tools

    Some countries are already regulating or are deliberation a use of digital collection to support hit tracing efforts. These embody mobile phones and apps for plcae tracking or vicinity tracing, and/or for sign stating during a 14-day post-arrival
    period. Such record can't reinstate open health hit tracing though might be deliberate as an accessory underneath specific conditions that WHO has endorsed [23].  Mobile phones and apps can be effective in identifying and informing travellers
    who might have been in hit with a chairman reliable to have COVID-19 or a certain exam for COVID-19 usually if a vast suit of a ubiquitous race uses such an app.  For travellers, issues of harmony and information pity between
    countries need to be considered, should ubiquitous hit tracing be warranted. Before adopting such digital tools, countries might wish to cruise authorised and reliable aspects compared to particular remoteness and personal information insurance [24].

    International hit tracing

    When a cluster or sequence of delivery involves several countries, ubiquitous hit tracing can be finished in a concurrent and collaborative demeanour by fast information pity around a ubiquitous network of National IHR Focal Points
    (NFPs). The NFPs are permitted during all times and can accept proceed support from a informal WHO International Health Regulations (IHR) Contact Points. The hit sum of all National IHR Focal Points and WHO IHR Contact Points in the
    regions can be found in a WHO Event Information System (EIS), that is permitted to inhabitant health authorities.

    4.3   Risk communication and village engagement

    It is essential to proactively promulgate to a open by normal media, amicable media and other channels about a motive for gradually resuming ubiquitous travels, a power risk of ride and a measures compulsory to ensure
    protected ride for all, including unchanging updates on changes in ubiquitous travel, or COVID helpline to disseminate information and yield recommendation tailored to sub-national turn situations  This is essential to build trust in ride advice,
    boost correspondence with health recommendation and forestall a widespread of rumours and fake information [25]. Timely and accurate communication on changes in ubiquitous ride should aim a ubiquitous public, travellers, operators of a transport
    sector, health authorities and operators in other applicable sectors.

    4.4   Capacity during Points of Entry

    Countries should say or strengthen, as necessary, their capacities during Points of Entry (PoE) for a COVID-19 response. These, embody capacities for entry/exit screening; early showing by active box finding, siege and testing
    of ill passengers (including supply of personal protecting apparatus during PoE); cleaning and disinfection; box management, including any compulsory ride to a medical facility; marker of contacts for contact-tracing; public
    information pity on internal policies for adequate hygiene and sanitation measures; earthy enmity and wearing of masks; pity of puncture phone numbers; and risk communication and preparation on obliged ride behaviour. Adapted
    procedures for doing baggage, cargo, containers, conveyances, products and postal parcels should be accessible and clearly communicated. Countries also need to safeguard capacities for boat investigation and distribution of boat sanitation certificates
    within a horizon of a IHR. WHO superintendence on a government of ill travellers during points of entrance [26] and other applicable guidance, such as operational considerations for airlines and other ride operators [27], should be followed.

    WHO recommends a extensive proceed to ancillary and doing travellers before depart and on arrival, that includes a multiple of measures for caring before depart and on arrival.

    General recommendation for travellers includes personal and palm hygiene, respiratory etiquette, progressing earthy stretch of during slightest one metre from others [28] and use of a facade as suitable [29]. Sick travellers and persons at
    risk, including aged travellers and people with critical ongoing diseases or underlying health conditions, should postpone ride internationally to and from areas with village transmission.

    Exit and entrance screening includes measures like checking for signs and symptoms (fever above 38°C, cough) and interviewing passengers about respiratory infection symptoms and any bearing to high-risk contacts, that can contribute
    to active box anticipating among ill travellers. Symptomatic travellers and identified contacts should be guided to find or channelled to serve medical examination, followed by contrast for COVID- 19. Confirmed cases should be removed and offered
    diagnosis as required. Temperature screening alone, during exit or entry, is expected to be usually partially effective in identifying putrescent people given putrescent people might be in a incubation period, might not demonstrate apparent symptoms
    early in a march of a disease, or could even dissimulate heat by a use of antipyretic medications. Where resources are limited, entrance screening is advisable and should be prioritized for passengers nearing on proceed flights from
    areas with village transmission.

    In addition, passengers might finish a form informing health authorities about their probable bearing to cases within a final dual weeks (contact with patients among health caring workers, visits to hospitals, pity accommodation with a person
    ill with COVID-19, etc.). The form should embody applicable hit sum of passengers who might need to be reached after ride when, for instance, they are identified as a probable hit of a case. It is endorsed that such a form be
    filled during a moody to equivocate crowds during a arrival. Authorities might also need nearing passengers to download and exercise a inhabitant COVID-control App.

    Crowd control should be put in place to forestall delivery in areas where travellers gather, such as areas for interviews.

    Laboratory PCR testing (molecular contrast for SARS-CoV-2) immediately before to depart or on attainment might yield information about a standing of travellers. However, laboratory formula should be interpreted with caution, since
    a tiny suit of fake disastrous and fake certain formula might occur. If conducted, contrast should be accompanied by a extensive COVID-19 follow up, for example, by advising vacating travellers who have been tested to news any
    symptoms to internal open health authorities. If a contrast is conducted on arrival, all travellers should be supposing with an puncture phone series in box symptoms develop. A applicable box government custom should be followed in case
    of a certain test.

    The use of “Immunity certificates” for ubiquitous ride in a context of COVID-19 is not now upheld by systematic justification and therefore not endorsed by WHO [30]. More justification is indispensable to understand
    a efficacy of fast SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests. For some-more information, greatfully impute to WHO systematic brief “Immunity passports” in a context of COVID-19, that will be updated as new justification becomes available.[31] Beyond
    a systematic considerations, there are ethical, authorised and tellurian rights aspects compared to remoteness of personal data, medical confidentiality, power risk of forgery or rendezvous in unsure behaviour, tarnish and discrimination.

    Travellers should self-monitor for a power conflict of symptoms on attainment for 14 days, news symptoms and ride story to internal health comforts and follow inhabitant protocols. In suitability with WHO superintendence on contact
    tracing in a context of COVID-19, contacts of reliable cases should be quarantined or asked to self-quarantine as partial of inhabitant response strategies [32].

    If countries select to exercise quarantine measures for all travellers on arrival, they should do so formed on a risk comment and caring of internal circumstances. They should also follow WHO superintendence on quarantine of contacts in a context
    of COVID-19 [33].

    Countries contingency follow a special considerations for travellers underneath a IHR (2005), including by treating travellers with honour for their dignity, tellurian rights and elemental freedoms and minimizing any annoy or trouble compared with
    any health measures practical to them.

    Countries shall not assign travellers for measures compulsory for a insurance of health, including (a) examinations to discern their health status; (b) vaccination or treatment on attainment (not published 10 days earlier); (c) suitable isolation
    or quarantine; (d) certificates naming a measures applied; or (e) practical to container concomitant them[34].


    Countries should frequently echo a risk comment routine and examination a ability of their open health and other applicable sectors while gradually resuming ubiquitous travels. In this routine countries should also cruise new knowledge
    about a pathogen and a epidemiology by consulting updated WHO systematic briefs[35].

    [1] WHO. COVID-19 Strategy update.—14-april-2020

    [2] WHO. Considerations in adjusting open health and amicable measures in a context of COVID-19


    [4] Strategic preparedness and response devise

    [5] Including sea personnel, fishing vessel organisation and offshore appetite zone personnel


    [7] WHO. Considerations in adjusting open health and amicable measures in a context of COVID-19

    [8] WHO. Public health criteria to adjust open health and amicable measures in a context of COVID-19.


    [10] COVID-19 Socio-economic impact

    [11] COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions

    [12] A process horizon for rebellious a mercantile and amicable impact of a COVID-19 predicament

    [13] Recommended horizon of protocols for ensuring protected boat organisation changes and ride during
    a coronavirus (COVID-19) pestilence

    [14] Projected misery impacts of COVID-19 (coronavirus)

    [15] ICAO Take-off: Guidance for Air Travel by a COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

    [16] WHO. Critical preparedness, willingness and response actions for COVID-19. Interim guidance.

    [17] WHO. Global notice for COVID-19 caused by tellurian infection with COVID-19 virus: interim

    [18] WHO. Global notice for COVID-19 caused by tellurian infection with COVID-19 virus: interim

    [19] WHO. Considerations for quarantine of people in a context of containment for coronavirus
    illness (COVID-19).

    [20] WHO. Global notice for COVID-19 caused by tellurian infection with COVID-19 virus: interim

    [21] WHO. Global notice for COVID-19 caused by tellurian infection with COVID-19 virus: interim

    [22] WHO. Contact tracing in a context of COVID-19.

    [23] WHO. Digital collection for COVID-19 hit tracing.

    [24] WHO. Ethical considerations to beam a use of digital vicinity tracking technologies for
    COVID-19 hit tracing.

    [25] IFRC/UNICEF/WHO. Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) COVID-19 preparedness and

    [26] WHO. Management of ill travellers during Points of Entry (international airports, seaports, and
    belligerent crossings) in a context of COVID-19.

    [27] ICAO. Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART), Take-off: Guidance for Air Travel through
    a COVID-19 Public Health Crisis.

    [28] WHO. Updated WHO recommendations for ubiquitous trade in propinquity to COVID-19 outbreak.

    [29] WHO. Advice on a use of masks in a context of COVID-19. 

    [30]  “Immunity passports” in a context of COVID-19

    [31] WHO. “Immunity passports” in a context of COVID-19.

    [32] WHO. Contact tracing in a context of COVID-19.

    [33] WHO. Considerations for quarantine of people in a context of containment for coronavirus
    illness (COVID-19).

    [34] For serve details, greatfully see Article 40 of a IHR. WHO. International Health Regulations
    (2005). Third Edition.

    [35] Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: implications for infection. Scientific Brief, 09 Jul 2020

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