Officers on the World Journey & Tourism Council (WTTC) have argued closing international locations is counterproductive and can critically delay the financial restoration.
The feedback come as quite a few nations refuse to accept flights from the UK as fears of a brand new variant of Covid-19 unfold.
Gloria Guevara, WTTC chief govt, stated: “Whereas defending public well being is paramount, blanket journey bans can’t be the reply.
“They haven’t labored prior to now and they won’t work now.”
“If a complete and fast turnaround testing regime had been in place at airports throughout the nation to check all travellers earlier than they depart, it could guarantee solely these contaminated with Covid-19 are remoted and are prevented from travelling.
“There can be no want for international locations to introduce damaging and counterproductive wholesale bans on UK travellers.
“Folks shouldn’t be deterred from travelling as a result of they merely can’t discover or organize to get examined at an area testing centre or lab.
“We have to make it a lot simpler for travellers to get a take a look at previous to their journey.”
There are fears the brand new variant of Covid-19 might unfold considerably quicker than present strains, however scientists argue extra work must be finished.
“Travellers pose no larger danger than different members of the neighborhood in the event that they comply with all of the internationally recognised well being security protocols, together with the obligatory carrying of masks and common testing,” stated Guevara.
“Whereas we perceive the priority and have to curb the unfold of Covid-19, the rising variety of blunt journey bans are extremely disruptive and economically damaging.
“We must always not underestimate the horrible social impression of accelerating isolation and its impact on psychological well being.
“Each sector of the financial system, not simply tourism, will undergo – as will these international locations imposing the ban as their very own economies really feel the impression of border closures and the lack of enterprise.
“The tourism sector might be important to powering the financial restoration, which is why it’s completely essential that motion have to be taken now to put it aside. If not, it’ll collapse, and tens of millions of individuals will lose their jobs.”