G7 Ministers agree to align International Travel Strategies

Transport and health Ministers from the G7 group of nations have agreed to align their international travel strategies to “build a long-lasting recovery” for the sector.

UK transport secretary Grant Shapps hosted the meeting, which was the first of its kind, with G7 transport and health ministers.

The ministers agreed seven principles which they say will “drive global standards on international travel and continue the progress made to make a long-lasting recovery for the sector”.

The 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 Department for Transport said this agreement “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”.

Shapps said: “Under the UK’s presidency of the G7, we are determined to get people travelling abroad as freely and safely as possible and the progress made today between all G7 nations is testament to this vision.

“By sharing information, working together on common standards and solutions for vaccine certification, and keeping a focus on a sustainable recovery for our travel sector, we will build a resilient and long-lasting recovery now and for generations to come.”

Health minister Lord Kamall added: “Global cooperation on healthcare is crucial, especially during a pandemic and the strong links we have with our G7 partners continue to help protect people around the world.

“I am pleased that we have agreed steps to support the safe return of international travel.”

Ministers also outlined their support for the work of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), including a conference on Covid-19 next month.

The conference will bring together more than 190 states to discuss issues relating to international travel, helping to achieve a common approach for aviation recovery.

The seven G7 countries are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US.

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