10 of the best COVID-19 coronavirus travel resources

With travel information changing on a weekly – or even daily – basis, it can be difficult keeping up to date with all the travel implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. To help you keep abreast of all the changes, we’ve picked out some of the best travel resources – in no particular order – to aid you you with any travel decisions you may be making.

World Health Organization COVID-19 travel advice

WHO’s official website is not very regularly updated, but incluedes some practical considerations to factor into your travels during the pandemic. Articles include everything from public health considerations to guidance on working in hotels and other establishments.

Government websites

Official overnment websites are a key resource full of some of the most reliable information and include some pratical resources for anyone planning to travel.  For example, the official UK government website shows the latest permitted travel corridors for people travelling from the UK. Similarly, Re-open EU is a useful resource that details different travel restrictions for the 27 EU countries.

Individual tourist board websites

Lastly, check the tourist board website of whichever country you’re traveling to. They should have everything that you need to know regarding travel entry requirements, the opening and closing of different areas, safety measures, airport information and so on.

IATA COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map

This COVID-19 map from IATA (International Air Transport Association) powered by Timatic gives an overview of the travel restrictions in place in each country, along with more detailed information when you click and links to official government websites. It is updated regularly but, due to the ever-changing nature of the regulations, it is strongly advised that you check with your airline before you travel. This aside, it’s a very useful resource, allowing you to view a maximum of 10 countries. Unlimited access is available via a subscription.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC is the health protection body for the United States and provides access to all the official announcements and information regarding the states of the US during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Flatten The Curve

The term ‘flatten the curve’ refers to slowing the acceleration of the number of cases, reducing the severity of the peak and related demands on hospitals and infrastructure.  It is a community isolation measure that keeps the daily number of disease cases at a more manageable level and this website provides COVID-19 containment measures, testing and treatment information, as well as travel restrictions around the globe.

Travel restrictions by country by KAYAK

This is a useful visual resource that maps COVID-19 information on a world map. It allows you to drill down to more detailed information and has links to official UK and USA government websites.

Flight Centre Travel Group Travel News

The latest traveller updates and information brought to you by the Flight Centre Travel Group, one of the world’s largest travel agency group that is headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, with comprehensive alerts for anywhere in the world, be it my region or by a specific sector within the industry.

COVID-19 Travel Alerts and Info from TripAdvisor

A no-nonsense list of links to official guidance travel information from different countries’ respective government organisations as well as links to COVID-19 data courtesy of Worldometer.

Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is an academic, not-for-profit medical organisation in the United States, with a focus on patient care, education, and research. Its COVID-19 coronavirus support resources provides a detailed breakdown of the different types of travel and the necessary health precautions individuals should take for each. Its travel advice goes into various considerations that extend far beyond just the usual ‘keep your social distance and wear a mask’ advice.

What other resources would you recommend?

Comments (7)

  1. Gerald says:

    Although doctors always pour scorn on patients who search for every ailment on the internet, I’ve used the Mayo Clinic for a number of years. I’ve always found that it provides sensible information, though of course it should always be used with caution. If you’ve got any concerns then you really should see a health care professional.

    • Dina says:

      Great article. Really useful, to understand where information for travel needs May be obtained from. Normally we would use the government sites or WHO but would have never thought of using KAYAK.

      Thank you for sharing

  2. Jen says:

    I expect that there are some people who are checking the Kayak site by the hour. It’s all changing so fast – and not in a good way.

  3. Kate Wilson says:

    What a fantastic round-up of resources, Paul! Very helpful indeed. I’d always go to government sites and WHO first, but even then it’s not always instantly clear what’s what when travelling between countries. The IATA map, which I hadn’t even heard of until now, seems to tackle that issue quite nicely in a very convenient way, a bit like the KAYAK site does but the visual rep just seems that bit quicker and easier to take stock of.That would be a must for checking out before travelling. The situation is evolving so frequently that it’s hard to plan but you certainly don’t want to get caught out by not being aware of the latest updates.

    I use them a lot for travel, accommodation and hunting down reviews before making any decisions, so I’d already checked out their COVID information before and they’ve done well with signposting customers. Their list of resources is actually very thorough, breaking down countries to provide links to what looks like hundreds of authority websites, which is really helpful. You certainly don’t want to be using an unreliable or out of date source for your coronavirus updates.

    Bravo for putting all of this together in a handy post.

  4. Percy Nguyen says:

    What a great resource, expecially the IATA website with the interactive map. I like how easily you’ll get travel information by just clicking on the country you want to visit. You might never need another website actually. Though, it would be good to double check as well with the local government just to make sure and you won’t waste time and effort. Flatten the Curve is also great since it tells you current cases data. A bit surprised to see some countries with open travel policies even with high cases. These tools are great for traveling in the new normal. As always, humanity adapts.

  5. Mark Foster says:

    This is a really helpful list of resources, thank you. I do hope we are able to travel internationally 2021. I’ve bookmarked this page so that I can refer back easily and reference the key resources when that time eventually comes.

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