The travel world — actually, the entire world — has been turned upside down due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19. With travel information changing weekly, or even daily, it can be difficult to keep up with all the changes. We’ve compiled this COVID-19 travel resource guide to aid you with any decisions you may be making. Below are links to help you find the most current case counts, to find out what destinations are open and what the travel restrictions are, airline travel policies, hotel, and Airbnb travel policies, as well as other travel advice. Safe travels!
COVID-19 Travel Advice
For the latest COVID-19 travel advice from the CDC, WHO, as well as individual US Embassy COVID pages, please use the links below.
Where to Find the Most Current COVID-19 Case Count Information
The World Health Organization COVID-19 Dashboard has a map that shows the current status of a country’s confirmed cases and deaths.
John’s Hopkins University has an interactive COVID-19 map that breaks it down a bit further by showing the current status of a destination’s number of active cases including each city and state, not just the country.
Google News has a COVID-19 map that shows the total cases as well as new cases in the past 14 days and total deaths. It provides the ability to search by city in addition to the country and region.
What Destinations are open?
Since March, we’ve seen countries shut down, then re-open, and then return to lockdown. Some countries are open for all international visitors, while others are opening only for neighboring countries. The list changes every day and restrictions vary widely. That means you’ll need to do a bit of research depending on where you want to go. Here are a few websites to help you with that research.
In addition, you should consult country-specific travel advisories via their website or consult the CDC’s latest guidance before making any international travel plans. For state-to-state travel, you should consult each individual state’s health department websites.
Where can I get a PCR Test?
Countries with restrictions are requiring a negative PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours of travel to your designation. The tests can be acquired for $109 via mail (reimbursable if you have healthcare insurance) from Everylywell if not available through your local health department. This rt-PCR test has received an EUA from the FDA and meets their benchmarks for accuracy. It is recommended that you quarantine at home for 2-3 days after taking the test and be careful while traveling.
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Is it Safe to Fly During the Pandemic?
The CDC website states that most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights because of how air is circulated and filtered on airplanes. However, spending time in security lines and airport terminals can bring you in close contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. Also, social distancing is difficult on crowded flights. When traveling, you should use extra precautions. It is advised that you wear a mask at all times, wash your hands as often as you can and use hand sanitizer when washing isn’t an option, refrain from touching your face, and wipe down your seat or seating area with disinfectant wipes.
Most airlines are operating as usual, which means you may be on a full flight. However, most have ramped up their cleaning procedures to majorly disinfect planes between every flight. If you’re thinking of traveling soon, here’s a post about the risk of catching Coronavirus on a plane.
Airline COVID-19 Policies – list of airlines with link to policies on their website
Summary of airline international policies – as updated by Forbes
Are accommodations safe?
Accommodations in many major cities have been closed or are operating at reduced capacity. Most of the hotels that are open have committed to enhanced cleaning routines. The same can also be said for Airbnb. When booking a hotel, you can also expect temperature/ health checks upon arrival and adjustments to common areas to maintain social distancing.
Here is a list of hotel chains with a link to policies on their website.
If you’re looking to book through Airbnb, here is a link to their Coronavirus policies.
Is it safe to take a group tour?
Many tour companies canceled most of their tours in 2020, but some are still operating domestically. The Adventure Travel Trade Association has put together a set of guidelines, developed in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic, using international industry standards, public resources from the CDC, WHO, governments, and tour operators. Tour Companies and Destinations displaying the ATTA COVID-19 Safety Badge, are stating that they are following these guidelines.
Adventure People has also chosen to implement these guidelines across all of our travel club trips.
Will Travel Insurance cover me if I get COVID while traveling?
Don’t assume your travel insurance provider will cover COVID-19 travel-related claims. This is especially true if your government has issued warnings not to visit a specific region or country. Please read our post about Travel Insurance During COVID: Everything You Need To Know.