As the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to become more acute, there is an urgent need to reopen borders, remove travel restrictions and enable international travel to resume. With COVID-19 vaccination programs getting underway, IATA is focused on ensuring that vaccine roll-out supports an acceleration of restart. 

The air travel environment is very safe; the multi-layered biosafety measures applied by the industry are highly effective such that the risks of transmission of the virus during travel are much lower than in most other settings including other activities that have restarted.

Reference Documents


COVID-19: Air Travel, Public Health Measures and Risk: A Brief Summary of Current Medical Evidence. This document provides a brief summary of the latest medical evidence underpinning our policy guidance.



IATA supports the ICAO Council’s Aviation Recovery Task Force () aimed at providing practical guidance to governments and industry operators to restart the international air transport sector and recover from COVID-19 in a coordinated way.

CART’s ", now in its 3rd edition, provides a framework for addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global aviation transportation system, with the health, safety and security of the traveling public as a paramount concern.

Further in support of CART’s work and objectives is that provides national governments and air transport operators with important updates on wide ranging pandemic response and recovery priorities relating to civil aviation and public health measures.

Position Papers