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Transport Secretary agrees high-level principles with G7 leaders

04 October 2021/Categories: CILT, Industry News, Aviation, Transport Planning

World leaders have given international travel a further boost by agreeing to a series of new measures at the G7 transport and health meeting hosted by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.


In the first meeting of its kind between G7 transport and health ministers from major global economies, agreement was reached to align their international travel strategies through 7 principles that will build a long-lasting recovery for the international travel sector.


These 7 high-level principles are:

  • futureproofing the transportation sector against future health threats
  • ensuring the fair treatment and safety of essential transport personnel
  • respecting privacy and data protection in implementing vaccination certification solutions
  • reaffirming the pre-eminence of scientific evidence in planning international travel policy
  • ensuring fairness and equity in respective national responses
  • maintaining regular international and multilateral engagement
  • delivering a safe, sustainable and resilient recovery

As outlined in the Chair’s statement, the group also agreed to focus on improving data protection in vaccine certification developments, as well as prioritising the decarbonisation of transport.


This builds on recent work done by the UK government to simplify its international travel system to make it easier for people to travel to and from the UK, including for all G7 nations – whether that’s for overdue business trips or catching up with loved ones.


G7 members also agreed to focus on facilitating a sustainable global recovery committing to prioritising the sustainable decarbonisation of transport and protecting the rights of transport workers in their vital work to facilitate international travel.


Grant Shapps Transport Secretary said: “Under the UK’s presidency of the G7, we are determined to get people travelling abroad as freely and safely as possible and the progress made today between all G7 nations is testament to this vision.


“By sharing information, working together on common standards and solutions for vaccine certification, and keeping a focus on a sustainable recovery for our travel sector, we will build a resilient and long-lasting recovery now and for generations to come.”


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