TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesia National Air Carrier Association (INACA) chairman Denon Prawiraatmadja hoped the Covid-19 vaccine would not be made mandatory for international travel. He said that this was aimed at opening international flights immediately without waiting for the completion of global vaccination.
“The implementation [of global vaccination] is estimated to take at least 1-2 years,” said Denon on Tuesday, February 2.
He further argued that tourists and vulnerable people who had been vaccinated should no longer be obliged to take a medical test again or undergo quarantine.
Denon who is also the CEO of Whitesky Aviation wished that the government would prioritize vaccination for aircrews and other aviation workers after the vaccination of health workers and vulnerable groups so that they could play a bigger role in helping the vaccine distribution.
Besides, the government and all aviation stakeholders were suggested to work together and have the same standard approach regarding vaccine implementation.
"The goal is to achieve 100-percent Covid-free air travel by 2021. This is the most important point because the goal is to ensure that all residents are free from Covid-19 as soon as possible," said Denon.