International Travel: Restrictions vs. Requirements

Border restrictions are on the decline but have stagnated, and travel requirements are increasing, but there is still a long way to go to regain international mobility.

The lastest edition of Coffee Talks with Vicky Marmolejofocused on “Travel Medicine Trends & Challenges”, withspecial guest Dr. Jorge Baruch, a travel medicinespecialist. Dr. Baruch shared updated information to helplisteners have a more precise global context for international travel.

Watch the complete broadcast here.

At the start of the pandemic in March 2020, many countries activated restrictions. Fortunately, starting inAugust 2020, the requirements exceeded the restrictions. But by the end of 2020 these and the needle hasn’t moved this year at all.

It must point out these restrictions are harmful tointernational traffic, while the requirements remain all kinds of PCR or antigens tests, vaccinations, or health declaration forms. This is the case of land travel between Mexico and the United States.

As the transition from restrictions to requirements unfolds, the fact remains that virtually 92% of countries have implemented some such measure at their airports in the wake of the pandemic.

“In the medium term, we see a difficult recovery. The world remains paralyzed, and international mobility is avery different scenario from internal mobility, as countries prefer to recover from within first, said Dr. Baruch.

Restrictions still predominate in Europe and Asia-Pacific, while Africa is the most accessible region. The Americas are progressing in the middle ground compare to the previous two.

In terms of vaccinations, the highest percentage (at least one dose) is in the USA with 54%, followed by the European bloc with 51%, North America with 43%, South America with 31%, Asia with 24%, and Africa with 2%. Mexico is 25% of the vaccination process.

The states that make up the U.S.-Mexico border, which is the world’s busiest migratory corridor globally, are mostly 40% of the way through the vaccination process, except for of Baja California, which is at 79%.

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