The COVID-19 pandemic put pressure on national governments to restrict international travel from affected countries. Many governments gave way to this pressure, even when such measures were not rooted in public health guidance or scientific evidence.
On October 29, 2022 new research by GSL’s Director Steven Hoffman and Research Fellows Isaac Weldon and Roojin Habibi critically examines the use of national border closures at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The research, published in International Journal, concludes that both targeted and total border closures have profound legal, epidemiological, and political significance as performances that contradict global realities while undermining notions of global solidarity.
This research also provides important guiding political considerations for scrutinizing government decisions to close borders and observations for the future of global health cooperation during infectious disease outbreaks.