The World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to the COVID-19 global health emergency on May 5th, 2023. Globe Aware volunteers can now travel to our volunteer vacation locations, with one less thing to worry about. Read to find out what regulations have been lifted.
WHO Declares End To COVID Emergency, Urges Lifting of Related Travel Restrictions
By Patrick Clarke
May 5, 2023
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to the COVID-19 global health emergency on Friday.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that the pandemic "has been on a downward trend" for more than a year.
Among the temporary recommendations issued by the WHO Director-General is that member states continue to lift COVID-19 international travel-related health measures, based on risk assessments, and not require any proof of vaccination against COVID-19 as a prerequisite for international travel.
The news comes just days after the U.S. government announced it would end COVID-19 vaccination requirements for international travelers and federal workers on May 11.
U.S. Travel Association CEO Geoff Freeman said the move to "lift the vaccine requirement eases a significant entry barrier for many global travelers, moving our industry and country forward."
According to WHO’s Coronavirus Dashboard, the cumulative cases worldwide now stand at 765,222,932, with 6,921,614 deaths.