A global Destination Tracker has been launched so travellers and the industry can keep up-to-date with the fast-changing COVID requirements and regulations of individual countries.
It’s a free online tool, devised by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The tracker will show COVID-19 indicators for each destination, including infection rates, positivity rates, and vaccination roll out; air travel regulations, such as test and quarantine requirements; plus destination measures, for example requirements on use of masks, curfews, or regulations related to restaurants and attractions.
Updated information will be posted on the tracker by governments.
UNWTO and IATA said: “When fully populated with updated destination information, travel stakeholders, including destination management organisations and travel agencies, will be able to obtain the latest destination information, enabling travellers to make informed decisions when borders reopen and travel resumes.”
IATA Director-General Willie Walsh said: “When governments have the confidence to reopen borders, people will be eager to travel. And they will need accurate information to guide them.
“With the support of national tourism organisations, the UNWTO-IATA Destination Tracker will help travellers and travel companies obtain the latest information for travel planning.”
UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili added: “This tool is also critical for governments to track existing travel restrictions and support the safe restart of our sector.”
The Destination Tracker is available on both organisations’ websites.