As of this writing many countries are grappling with how to reopen and how to loosen travel bans to help get economies rolling. Most believe domestic, than regional and eventually international travel will return in a limited way in the months ahead, which creates the question, how to travel when things start to reopen?
There are a lot of questions, although one thing is certain; when travel does return it’s going to be complex, imperfect, messy and fraught with uncertainty. That’s why current and relevant information is so important.
The International Air Transport Association or IATA is s the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 290 airlines or 82% of total air traffic. So they know a thing or two about air travel. And they’ve put together an indispensable website to track the latest in travel bans, restrictions, requirements and other facts you’ll need to know before booking a ticket and actually getting on a plane. Click here to explore all of the tools.The data is updated very frequently and is quite accurate. However air travel is a very fluid situation right now.
In light of how many unknowns there still are about global travel, before finalizing ANY plans you should also check your own country’s advice on travel to your destination country and the destination country’s website for their most up-to-date travel rules and regulations.
As another word of caution, governments can and have changed their entry rules without notice so this is definitely a time when you need to prepare for anything. For instance, it’s possible that your destination country bans flights from your country or entry from people from your country. It’s also possible that they ban flights from countries where you may be changing planes. As well, there are no guarantees they’ll allow outbound flights when it is time to return, or that your country will let you back in, unless you’re a citizen. And even then, you may face 14-day quarantine rules in the country you’re visiting and when returning home.
All that said, we are very hopeful that things will stabilize over the summer, more normal flight routes and schedules will resume, travel bans will be successively lessened and we’ll all be able to start traveling again. Time will tell, but we hope it tells a story of renewed travel, health and as little turbulence as possible.