Use These Sites for Real-Time COVID Travel Restrictions

Use These Sites for Real-Time COVID Travel Restrictions
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Let’s first acknowledge that if you don’t have to travel right now, you should definitely stay home. But if you absolutely must travel, it’s important to have up-to-date information about what’s going on with COVID-19 at your planned destination.

This can be confusing, as the pandemic situation and related travel restrictions seem to change almost day to day — but there are tools out there that show real-time info on risks, restrictions, and requirements for both domestic and international travel. Here are a few options.

DragonSlayer

DragonSlayer is a subscription-based service primarily for travel agents, but it’s also available to the general public. It scans for actual real-time updates on COVID-19 restrictions in 124 countries, and it gives each location a colour-coded score based on an individual risk tolerance survey.

The service has a free 14-day trial, after which it’ll set you back around $14 per month. But if you’re travelling at the last minute, this may be worth it. Android users can find a standalone app in the Google Play store, while iOS users are currently restricted to a browser version.

TravelVitals database

TravelVitals is a searchable web database from American Express Global Business Travel. You can narrow down by specific travel factors, including location, airline, rail station, or hotel name. You’ll get a long list of relevant information, from entry restrictions to mask requirements to what a company is doing with its rewards program.

Search results also show the last date verified, so you’ll know that the information you’re reading is current. A few quick searches on our end showed same-day verification dates.

IATA interactive map

The International Air Transport Association maintains a colour-coded global map with COVID-19 entry restrictions by country. The interface is pretty simple: simply click on the country and read the pop-up, which also shows you the last date information for that country was published.

IATA notes that the map is updated frequently, but it may not actually be real-time.

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