The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all of our worlds, and not just in the short-term. Our realities shifted slowly at first, and before we knew it, the pandemic has questioned all senses of normalcy.
As countries closed borders and everyone trickled back home for months of self-quarantined, the travel industry began to nosedive. However, today, as pockets of the globe open up and those who have been locked up and are looking to stretch their legs - the travel industry is slowly and steadily getting back on its feet.
That said, questions like when we can travel again, when will international travel begin, can we go for vacation this summer; flood our minds frequently. Here's our complete guide to all about travel reopening and everything you need to plan your first post COVID escapade.
In This Article
- Global Attractions Reopening Tracker - Post COVID Changes
- Country Wise Travel Recommendations
- Where You Can Travel To Today
- Quarantine Free Countries
- Travel after Coronavirus : 6 ways it will change forever
- Recommended Reads For Traveling in the Post COVID World
- Travel Reopening News and Updates
- Frequently Asked Questions About Traveling After COVID-19
Global Attractions Reopening Tracker - Post COVID Changes
This tracker collects real time data of global attractions, monuments, landmarks and cultural hot-spots of the world and their reopening status. It also provides information about new ticketing and safety guidelines, revised opening hours and everything that has changed in the post COVID-era. Filter it down to the city you're interested in visiting and learn what's changed!
Country Wise Travel Recommendations
Several countries have begun to ease their lockdown rules and travel restrictions. Travel Bubbles are slowly coming up, allows residents of the countries to travel freely by rail, air, and sea without (or with minimal) quarantine measures. Stay up to date with updated country-wise policies, lockdown status, international travel restrictions, visa rules as well as the current number of active COVID-19 cases. Simply click on a country flag and read our detailed post-COVID country guide.
Where You Can Travel To Today
Here's a complete list of destinations that are welcoming tourists from around the world, countries where domestic travel alone is welcomed, international travel is limited and more. Plan your next vacation basis this real-time data that is quickly changing day on day.
Quarantine Free Countries
Want to know the quarantine rules for the country you're planning to visit? Simply search on our live table (updated daily). Read more about countries without quarantine upon arrival.
Travel after Coronavirus : 6 ways it will change forever
With all that's changing, the way we travel next is going to drastically change as well. Here are 6 changes you need to brace yourselves for.
While the empty middle seat is a short term change ( flights can't afford it, so can't we), there are many other changes in the aviation industry that will change the way we travel forever. Masks, PPE suits and gloves are going to be the #airportlook for a while, you can bid goodbye to in-flight magazines and say hello to walking under thermal scanners and disinfection tunnels possibly at exit and entry points, and not to forget exorbitantly expensive flying fares. Here's our complete guide to flying in the post COVID world.
Street food culture around the world is likely to take a hit. No one's going to be comfortable eating from a street side vendor, for obvious reasons. And that is monumentally sad. All the pintxos bars and tapas bars are also likely to run out of business simply because cramming and grabbing a bite will no longer be considered safe and hygienic. High-end restaurants will need to prove their hygiene protocols to attract customers and takeaway restaurants will have to come up with ingenious safe packaging. All in all, dining out can become a tad bit more expensive (if you haven't heard of hygiene fee, you will soon) and many food joints that can't keep up with the safety standards may soon go out of business.
3. TRAVEL INSURANCE
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world witnessed large scale cancellations of flights, cruises, tours, hotels and what not - which made one realise why travel insurance is more important than ever. But there's a catch. Most travel insurance policies exclude pandemics or fear of travel, which makes one wonder what the point of a travel insurance coverage is! But there are certain hacks to secure your trips around pandemics. Read on to know more about what types of Travel Insurance covers Pandemics like COVID-19.
While the novel coronavirus has had a detrimental effect on not just the world economy, but on us as humans. We now need to follow hygiene protocols and standards we've probably never dreamt of to keep ourselves safe. Keeping this in mind, we've created a checklist of items that you need to carry to tackle the pandemic while you're on vacation. Check out our downloadable post COVID packing list.
A workation is a temporary trip that combines work and vacation. With more than half the world now working-from-homes and/or the rise of digital nomads and freelancers who prefer to work remotely, workations are on the rise. If you're planning a workation for a change of scene, here's everything you must know about taking a workation, before you pack your bags and set off.
Online tickets are becoming mandatory - be it a museum, monument, gallery, church or mausoleum. Anything that requires a ticket will now require an online ticket bought in advance and downloaded on your phone for no-contact experience on-site. Buying tickets in advance also ensures crowd control which is paramount at this point. The spontaneity of travel is likely to have taken a back seat and planning to the T seems to be the way forward. New sanitisation rules have also been adopted across most attractions and tourist hotspots - compulsory temperature checks, frequent sanitisation, social distancing and many more. Read more about all the emerging trends in the travel experiences world.
Recommended Reads For Traveling in the Post COVID World
Travel Reopening News and Updates
To know more about what has changed in different attractions around the world in the post COVID era, read our detailed articles on each of the top landmarks around the world.
Frequently Asked Questions About Traveling after COVID-19
We've scoured the internet for the most common questions asked about traveling the world post the pandemic, and we have answers for a few. If you have the same questions, we hope this comes handy.
With domestic trips on the rise, road travel is becoming more popular than ever and naturally the need for rental cars are rising. When it comes to the car, the risk is reasonably low. The risk remains with being in a closed space with someone who is infected, so if you're traveling with family that you know has not been exposed, you're good to go. It doesn't hurt to sanitize the car thoroughly once you get it. To know more about rental car safety in the post-COVID world, head here.
While booking an entire house seems like a great option, as opposed to a room in a hotel, the cleaning practise can vary per property and you can't be really sure about the hygiene conditions. However, Airbnb has introduced rigorous new procedures and cleaning program called Cleaning Protocol which involves standards on disinfection practises. Additionally, there's an additional time involved, called the Booking Buffer between check-ins to ensure the cleaning practise.
Amtrak for example has rolled out a set of sanitary measures, like limited ticket sales, empty seat guarantee, mandating masks, frequently sanitizing surfaces and many more. Similarly, other railways around the world have also implemented compulsory sanitization protocols. Depending on the train and country you're taking the train at, make sure to follow personal hygiene and practise social distancing strictly.