Editor's note: Those who choose to travel are strongly encouraged to check local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures related to COVID-19 and take personal comfort levels and health conditions into consideration before departure.
There’s now an easy way to peruse your vacation options as the world begins recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA), an authoritative trade association for airlines around the world, has created an interactive Travel Regulations Map powered by Timatic solutions that allow both airlines and travelers to quickly see current COVID-19 travel restrictions for each country around the world.
On the map, countries are color-coded based on their current travel restrictions (which will be continually updated by IATA) and are sorted into four categories: totally restrictive, partially restrictive, not restricted or under review.
When users click on a country, they’ll find information about current border policy, including if quarantine periods are necessary, exemptions, and any documentation or testing that could be required upon arrival. The Travel Regulations Map sources its information from airlines and government agencies and is likely to have accurate border information before your travel agent or advisor.
While the map is a handy tool, travelers shouldn’t use it as a final or single resource. IATA reminds users that while they strive for the utmost accuracy, regulations around COVID-19 are constantly evolving — and each country is making their own ever-changing rules. Be sure to visit official government websites for the most accurate and up-to-date information before booking travel.
All over the world, various levels of restrictions and requirements are in place when it comes to traveling in the time of COVID-19. Many countries and states require travelers to quarantine upon arrival or take a COVID-19 test ahead of departure and show proof of negative results.
Although the State Department has returned to its usual advisory system of deeming countries' safety level on a 1-4, scale instead of its "Do Not Travel" advisory for all international trips, a certain number of countries are currently accepting U.S. travelers.
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