Published on : Friday, February 28, 2020
With the current outbreak of the corona virus Disease (COVID-19) continuing to widen, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) are committed to work together in guiding the travel and tourism sectors’ response to COVID-19.
On January 30, 2020, the Director-General of the WHO declared the outbreak of COVID-19 as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, issuing a set of Temporary Recommendations.
WHO did not suggest any travel or trade restriction based on the current information available. WHO is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to swiftly expand scientific knowledge on this new virus, to track the spread and severity of the virus, and to provide advice to countries and the global community on measures for protecting health and stopping the spread of this epidemic.
The tourism sector is fully committed towards putting people and their well-being first. International cooperation is important for making sure that the sector can effectively contribute towards controlling COVID-19. Both the UNWTO and WHO are working in close consultation and also with other partners to assist States in making sure that health measures be implemented in ways that lessen unnecessary interference with international traffic and trade.
The UNWTO and WHO stand ready to work closely with all those communities and countries affected by the current health emergency, for building a better and stronger future. Travel restrictions going beyond these may cause unnecessary interference with international traffic, including negative effects on the tourism sector.