International travel‐related control measures to contain the COVID‐19 pandemic (search up to 13 November 2020)

Added March 26, 2021

Citation: Burns J, Movsisyan A, Stratil JM, et al. International travel‐related control measures to contain the COVID‐19 pandemic: a rapid review. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2021;(3):CD013717.

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What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic has led several countries to implement travel-related control measures to minimize transmission of the SARS-Cov-2 virus.

In this version of the Cochrane rapid review, the authors searched for studies on control measures for international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. They did not restrict their searches by language of publication and did the search up to 13 November 2020. The review updates an earlier version of the review, which also included data from other pandemics. This version includes 49 modelling studies and 13 observational studies.

What was found: At the time of this version of the review, the included evidence (based on 31 modelling studies) suggest that travel restrictions reducing or stopping cross‐border travel were beneficial at reducing the transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

At the time of this version of the review, the included evidence (based on 13 modelling studies and 13 observational studies) suggest that screening travellers at borders (including those with symptoms or who had potentially been exposed to COVID‐19) would reduce imported or exported cases of COVID-19 and delay outbreaks. While, for screening based on testing, the studies reported that testing travellers reduced imported or exported cases, and cases detected.

At the time of this version of the review, the included evidence (based on 12 modelling studies) suggest that quarantine may be beneficial for preventing the transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

At the time of this version of the review, the included evidence (based on 7 modelling studies and 4 observational studies) suggest that quarantine and screening at borders may be beneficial for preventing the transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

 

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