THE Indonesia National Air Carriers Association (INACA) hopes that vaccination will not become a mandatory requirement for international travel so that traffic can be opened soon because the process also takes longer.

According to INACA Chairman Denon Prawiraatmadja, for the sake of industry survival, vaccination should not be a mandatory requirement for international travel. This, he continued, was so that international flights could be reopened immediately without having to wait for the global vaccination to be completed.

“The implementation is estimated to take at least 1-2 years. We recommend that every tourist and group of vulnerable passengers who have been vaccinated are no longer limited to the requirements for re-testing or medical tests and even the implementation of quarantine,” he said.

Apart from that, Denon also hopes that the government will also prioritize vaccination for air crews and other aviation workers after health workers and vulnerable groups. Fourth, according to him, the government is expected to prioritize aviation to play a bigger role in helping vaccine distribution.

Furthermore, the government and all aviation stakeholders need to work together and have the same standard approach related to vaccine implementation, including mutual recognition and acceptance of vaccine certificates, compiling a road map to minimize the complexity of vaccine implementation.

“The goal is to achieve 100% COVID-free clean air travel by 2021. This point is the most important, because the goal is how to ensure that all residents are 100% free from COVID-19 as soon as possible,” he noted.

He added, therefore collaboration between stakeholders needs to be sharpened, because Indonesia consists of an archipelago that has a provincial government.

“I think there needs to be an explanation of the substance and purpose of implementing these vaccine distribution rules. This is so that in relation to the restoration of air transportation there will be no significant obstacles and take examples from what has been passed in 2020,” he concluded. [antaranews/photo special].