The ongoing coronavirus outbreak is having a significant impact on travel around the globe.
Also known as COVID-19, the speed with which the outbreak is unfolding has created an atmosphere of uncertainty for travelers wondering how should they respond.
We encourage travelers to check for the most recent and relevant updates. with most Agencies, tour operators are well-positioned to assist in informing travelers throughout this challenging period – and when ready, assisting in recovery efforts. Read on for a wrap up of how the virus is affecting travel, ways you can protect yourself, and tools and resources for staying abreast of this fast-developing situation.
Is it still safe to travel?
Many nations are enacting more stringent travel restrictions or travel bans, and new policies are being implemented daily. Here’s a roundup of travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The IATA is also maintaining a comprehensive country-by-country list of COVID-19 restrictions on travel. Most commercial airlines have reduced or suspended routes to and from epidemic areas as well as an overall reduction due to fewer travelers in general. New travel restrictions are being introduced daily, so it is advisable to check directly with your carrier before flying. In addition, many restaurants and attractions around the world have closed to avoid large gatherings.
Travelers returning from affected areas are advised to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days and follow their country’s national protocols — which may include self-quarantine for the incubation period.
If symptoms do occur, travelers are advised to seek medical care and inform healthcare providers of their symptoms and their travel history.
For more information on COVID-19 and travel, you can visit the Tripadvisor community’s forums page.
What countries have reported cases of COVID-19?
COVID-19 cases have now been reported on every continent except Antarctica.
On March 11 the WHO labeled COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
You can track the disease globally in real-time with this map from John Hopkins University. (best viewed in desktop)How will it affect travel planning?