The ministers of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries have agreed on a blueprint to promote safe international tourism and building a temporary international cross-sectoral forum for knowledge sharing.
The tourism recovery blueprint builds on existing national initiatives to promote certainty, safety, and security in cross-border travel.
The organization said in a statement: “The halt in international travel and tourism is having a dramatic knock-on impact on the entire, interlinked global economy.”
According to the organization, without a common international framework for tourism policies, the “patchwork of national and regional rules” will “continue to be confusing and costly for travelers and transport and tourism companies, discouraging travel due to the uncertainty and complexity”.
This can also “increase in the incidence of use of fraudulent certificates and so undermine the ability of authorities”.
The blueprint, which encourages countries to adopt on a voluntary basis, includes a traffic light system to classify risks, guidelines for certification of vaccinations, protocols for testing travelers in different circumstances, principles to be followed in issuing electronic Covid-19 certificates to ensure privacy and security as well as interoperability between systems.
The OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said: “The OECD is in a unique position to help countries coordinate international action in the context of reopening global travel.”
“This initiative will help reduce uncertainty and complexity and enable countries to prepare more effectively for a return to safe international travel and tourism.”