Last reviewed 6 April 2021

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has announced the release of the revised, second edition of its Testing and Cross-border Risk Management Measures Manual.

The UN aviation agency described the manual as fundamental to the effective global alignment of countries’ pandemic response and recovery efforts. It provides national governments and air transport operators with important updates on wide ranging pandemic response and recovery priorities relating to civil aviation and public health measures.

ICAO Secretary General Dr Fang Liu said: “It contains new and revised information relating to pandemic risk management, public health corridors (PHCs), updates on the latest scientific developments regarding Covid-19 testing, and an entirely new section on vaccination and its interdependencies with the multilayer risk management framework it recommends countries adopt.”

Protocols for aviation workers are also addressed in the new edition, in addition to the standardisation and validation of Covid-19 test certificates.

This guidance does not constitute a recommendation for application of any specific measure but rather a guideline on how to assess different mitigation strategies and on how they can contribute to public health risk management.

ICAO coordinated and produced the first edition of the manual, as part of its rapid response in the early stages of the pandemic, with the close collaboration of partners including the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (EDPC).