Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has agreed seven principles between G7 leaders today to build a long-lasting recovery for the international travel sector.
World leaders have given international travel a further boost today (30 September 2021) by agreeing a series of new measures at the G7 transport and health meeting hosted by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
In the first meeting of its kind between G7 transport and health ministers from major global economies, agreement was reached to align their international travel strategies through 7 principles that will build a long-lasting recovery for the international travel sector.
These 7 high-level principles are:
- futureproofing the transportation sector against future health threats
- ensuring the fair treatment and safety of essential transport personnel
- respecting privacy and data protection in implementing vaccination certification solutions
- reaffirming the pre-eminence of scientific evidence in planning international travel policy
- ensuring fairness and equity in respective national responses
- maintaining regular international and multilateral engagement
- delivering a safe, sustainable and resilient recovery
The 7 principles agreed today will drive global standards on international travel and continue the progress made to make a long-lasting recovery for the sector.
As outlined in the Chair’s statement, the group also agreed to focus on improving data protection in vaccine certification developments, as well as prioritising the decarbonisation of transport.
This builds on recent work done by the UK government to simplify its international travel system to make it easier for people to travel to and from the UK, including for all G7 nations – whether that’s for overdue business trips or catching up with loved ones.
G7 members also agreed to focus on facilitating a sustainable global recovery committing to prioritising the sustainable decarbonisation of transport and protecting the rights of transport workers in their vital work to facilitate international travel.
Grant Shapps Transport Secretary said:
Lord Kamall Health Minister said:
Ministers also outlined their collective support for the work of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), including the upcoming High-level Conference on COVID-19 next month. The conference will bring together over 190 states to discuss issues relating to international travel, helping to achieve a common approach for aviation recovery as we continue to collaborate with our international partners in response to the pandemic.
Looking to the future, G7 partners agreed that a joined-up approach was essential to mitigate against risks associated with the current pandemic and any future health threats, understanding how to safeguard international travel, and providing a high level of resilience for the sector in the longer term.
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