IATA launches interactive online map for latest aviation COVID-19 restrictions
IATA’s new interactive service provides users with the most up-to-date information on country-specific COVID-19 travel restrictions and regulations.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that it has introduced a free online interactive world map to provide travellers with the latest COVID-19 entry regulations for each country.
The map relies on IATA’s Timatic database, which contains comprehensive information on documentation required for international travel. To keep pace with the dynamic situation with respect to COVID-19, Timatic is updated more than 200 times per day to provide accurate travel restrictions specific to the current pandemic, based on one’s citizenship and country of residence.
IATA’s Assistant Director of Timatic, Anish Chand, said: “As the aviation industry prepares to safely restart, travellers will need to know which countries’ borders are open and what health restrictions exist. Travellers can rely on Timatic for comprehensive and accurate information on travel during the pandemic.”
In a recent survey commissioned by IATA regarding concerns that people had about air travel post-crisis, more than 80 per cent of travellers said that they are as concerned about potential quarantine restrictions as they are about actually catching the virus during travel.
With the uncertainties and quickly changing health restrictions from one country to the next during the pandemic, this new resource for travel planning is timely and important.
Chand continued: “We support the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidelines to harmonise the measures to keep people safe while travelling and provide the confidence to open borders without quarantine measures. And this Timatic offering will be a vital tool for travellers who need easy access to accurate information on entry requirements.”