The International Air Transportation Association (IATA) and Airports Council International, representing over 500 airports in 55 countries, have called for all remaining COVID-19 restrictions applying to intra-European Union and Schengen area travel to be dropped, including all testing requirements. The Schengen area encompasses 26 European countries without border controls. According to a statement from the organizations, COVID-19, and specifically the Omicron variant, is now pervasive throughout Europe, and population immunity is at such levels that the risk of hospitalization or death has dramatically reduced, especially for vaccinated people. States are adopting surveillance strategies to ensure public health, said the organizations, in the same way as they do for other coronaviruses and infectious diseases. As European countries open up and remove restrictions, it is only logical, said the statement, to remove similar restrictions from air transport. Rafael Schvartzman, IATA’s regional vice president for Europe, said the latest research from OXERA and Edge Health confirms that by the time a variant of concern is identified and restrictions are implemented, cross-border transmission will already have happened. Europe’s population immunity is strong, he said, and COVID-19 is essentially now an endemic disease. The time has come, said Schvartzman, to focus COVID-19 efforts on surveillance and remove remaining intra-EU restrictions. “This will free people to travel,” he said, “and support jobs returning to the European air transport and travel sectors.”