Faced with uncertainty about how travel will be reactivated once countries are lifting borders, and hoping to return to normal as soon as possible, several countries have considered establishing “safe tourism zones“.
Also known as “travel bubbles“, these safe tourism areas have been proposed with the intention that people traveling within these areas are not forced to quarantine due to the pandemic of the Covid-19; and thus transmit security to tourists in the midst of this global crisis.
Among those involved is Europe’s longest-running airport before the coronavirus will begin, London Heathrow Airport, who claim to be working alongside the UK Government’s Department of Transport to create proposals that allow for some unrestricted travel. The purpose would be to create “air bubbles” alongside countries that have a low risk of contagion to allow flights to resume as soon as possible.
“The proposal would create ‘travel corridors’ or ‘travel bubbles’ that would allow free tourism and movement between very low-risk countries or cities, but in principle would block flights from high-risk markets to safeguard public health,” Heathrow Airport said in a statement.
The objective of this proposal is to reduce COVID-19 infections to the minimum possible and, at the same time, begin to reactivate the tourism industry.
There are already several models proposed by governments that want to reopen their borders and implement this option that would represent greater security for tourism.
Australia and New Zealand have been among the first countries to announce their interest and plan to create their own travel bubble, since the death rate from the virus in both countries is only 1% and daily increases in cases remain very low.
So this bubble, which has been given the name “Trans Tasmania” for being separated by the Tasman Sea, will allow the flow of people between the two neighboring countries in the midst of the pandemic.
If this proposal achieves the desired success, the “travel bubbles” could grow to include more countries that have controlled the pandemic and the number of internal cases is low, finally managing to reactivate tourism without restrictions.