Travel Planning: Need to Know Resources

Global COVID-19 Travel Resources + Helpful Links 

In this article, we share some of the helpful sources that we rely on, with some key articles that we found thoughtful, provocative or inspiring about travel in the future.

Regardless of your plans, please check for the most updated information from local health and safety organizations.  

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the expert source for health advice. Be safe! 

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GLOBAL

IATA Interactive Global Travel Regulations Map (Updates Live) 

The International Air Transport Association’s online interactive map shows most countries’ travel restrictions and rules.

Universal Currency Converter

Weather in International Destinations

World Airport Codes

USA

Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC)
Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information

OSAC – US Department of State – Diplomatic Security
OSAC – US Department of State – Diplomatic Security COVID-19 Resources 

US Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates 

State Department (State)
COVID-19 Country Specific Information 
Quarantine Station Contact List, Map and Fact Sheets 
Travel Advisories

NPR, Tracking the Coronavirus in your State (Always updating)

This page is updated regularly. More than 2 million people in the U.S. have tested positive for the coronavirus and more than 110,000 have died. The growth in new cases and deaths overall have at least temporarily slowed, but that pattern hasn’t been consistent across the country. New hot spots are emerging as others subside.

AAA Travel: Travel Map (Live, always updating)

As the country reopens and COVID-19 restrictions change, consult the AAA COVID-19 Travel Restrictions map for county, city and state data, such as roadway travel checkpoints, border crossing closures and national land closures in the U.S. and Canada.

July 14, 2020: CDC Calls on Americans to Wear Face Masks to Prevent COVID-19 Spread, CDC

In an editorial published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), CDC reviewed the latest science and affirms that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease, particularly when used universally within communities. There is increasing evidence that cloth face coverings help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.

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EUROPE + THE UK

European Union; Travel During the Coronavirus Pandemic  

 

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ISRAEL

Travel Guidelines for Canadians (Israel Tourism) 

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ASIA

 

“Post-Pandemic, Will Bali Rethink Tourism?” (June 2020) The Diplomat

After COVID-19, what do Balinese want their island’s ‘new era’ to look like?

As one of the world’s top travel destinations, the impact of COVID-19 on the Indonesian island of Bali has received intense media scrutiny — and speculation. After foreign arrivals and transits were temporarily suspended on March 31, by mid-April most international media coverage had shifted from stranded tourists to those seeing out the pandemic in paradise.

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INDIA

June 17, 2020, Coronavirus Live Updates, Times of India

In India, total cases of coronavirus has crossed the 3.54 lakh-mark, as per the latest updates, with the death toll nearing 12,000. Live Updates here.

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AUSTRALIA

June 17, 2020, Australia ‘very unlikely’ to allow foreign tourists in 2020, Australian Financial Review

Australia’s international borders are unlikely to reopen this year, Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham has warned, in a blow to hopes of a full and early recovery for the country’s pandemic-hit tourism industry.

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SOUTH AMERICA

 

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CARRIBEAN

BAHAMAS

July 2020, Bahamas Travel Requirements, Bahamas Tourism 

(Click the image to enlarge)Travel requirements - COVID-19 - Bahamas

via The Islands of Bahamas Tourism

CUBA

June 30, 2020, New Cuban tourism system to isolate visitors from population, BNN Bloomberg 

With the coronavirus waning in Cuba, the government plans to restart its tourism industry by sending visitors to five narrow islands that will offer all-inclusive vacations and keep foreigners isolated from the rest of the nation. The state-run system scheduled to debut Wednesday is designed to reopen a vital source of economic activity without reintroducing the virus to the country of 11 million people, where new cases have dwindled to just a handful a day

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GETTING OUTDOORS

May 23, “From Camping To Dining Out: Here’s How Experts Rate The Risks Of 14 Summer Activities” NPR

It has been around two months of quarantine for many of us. The urge to get out and enjoy the summer is real. But what’s safe? We asked a panel of infectious disease and public health experts to rate the risk of summer activities, from backyard gatherings to a day at the pool to sharing a vacation house with another household.

One big warning: Your personal risk depends on your age and health, the prevalence of the virus in your area and the precautions you take during any of these activities. Also, many areas continue to restrict the activities described here, so check your local laws.

June 11, 2020 “What Outdoor Activities are Safe?” Outside Magazine

We scoured dozens of status updates to better provide an overview of where some of our favourite pastimes stand, and we asked William Miller, an epidemiologist at the Ohio State University, how much risk each of the following activities pose. While there’s no such thing as a risk-free outing right now, being well-informed and making smart decisions can lead to a safer and more active summer.

For the latest information on reopenings and recommended protocol, visit the state, park, or individual websites of the places you’re considering.

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PLANNING TRAVEL

(this section is not updated, please check local news headlines) 

June 16, 2020, Quick Accurate and Cost Effective Testing: IATA Wants What We All Want, Travel Industry Today

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released criteria for the use of COVID-19 testing for travel. Should governments choose to introduce COVID-19 testing for travellers arriving from countries considered as high risk, testing must deliver results fast, be able to be conducted at scale, and operate to very high rates of accuracy. Additionally, testing must be cost-effective and not create an economic or logistical barrier to travel.

June 16, 2020, “The Latest: Should You Change Your Travel Plans Due to the Coronavirus?” Fodors

Coronavirus travel restrictions are very slowly being lifted, but it can still be hard to differentiate between the facts, misinformation, sensible precautions, and overreaction.

June 15, 2020, “Why no mask?” The New York Times

Despite announced safety policies, many passengers on flights are not wearing masks—and flight attendants have been told not to confront them, the New York Times reports. Travellers say that on some flights, there are not even announcements about the mask-wearing policy. “Airlines have said follow the guidelines, but don’t enforce them, don’t tackle people to the ground and don’t turn flights around if they don’t listen,” the Times quoted Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants union, as saying. “That gets around to the public, then it’s, ‘I don’t have to do this. There are no consequences if I don’t do this.’ That, too, can lead to conflict, not just with the flight attendants, but with other passengers, who get angry and all of a sudden we have to break up a fight.”

June 12, 2020: “How to Cancel For Any Reason Travel Insurance Works”, AFAR

Once actual events have unfolded, such as the current coronavirus outbreak, or natural disasters have struck, they are considered known or foreseeable events and are no longer covered by most travel insurance policies. The exception is an optional upgrade to most travel insurance plans known as “Cancel for Any Reason” coverage, or CFAR.

June 9, 2020: “WTTC Gives Global Safety Stamp to Destinations Around the World” travelpulse.ca

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has recognized several marquee destinations around the world with its global safety and hygiene stamp identifying places that are prioritizing traveller safety and hygiene in the time of COVID-19. Turkey, Bulgaria, Jamaica, Mauritius, Ontario (Canada), Portugal, Saudi Arabia and tourist-friendly Mexican destinations such as Baja California Sur and the Yucatan have each adopted the WTTC’s “Safe Travels” standardized health and hygiene protocols.

June 4, 2020, “How to Make Flexible Travel Bookings Amid Coronavirus” AFAR

The good news is that in an effort to court nervous travellers, many airlines, hotels, vacation rentals, car rental companies, and other travel businesses have baked added flexibility into their reservation systems to compensate for COVID-19—for now. Some of the policies won’t last much longer, so it’s important to know where you will be locked in and where you won’t.

Here are some tips for making sure that you can book with confidence, knowing that if something comes up, or you get cold feet, you can reschedule or table your trip.

May 30, “Thinking About Flying? Where’s What you Need to Know” The New York Times

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