The Coronavirus pandemic is having a significant impact on travel. I’m putting my undergraduate degree in Medical Microbiology to use and sharing a list of Coronavirus travel information resources that are worth checking out.
Your own government should be the first port of call when it comes to travel advice as your travel insurance validity is based on their advice.
The World Health Organisation is leading the international response to the outbreak and it has a specific Coronavirus information page.
The John Hopkins School of Engineering in the US has compiled an interactive map of global Coronavirus COVID-19 cases.
The EU is operating a ‘traffic light’ system for travellers within and into the EU. The ReOpen-EU website lists the restrictions that each EU country has in place. Bear in mind that your own country may have restrictions when returning from specific EU countries.
The EU is basing its decisions on metrics from the European Centre for Disease Control. Daily updates for the EU/EEA region can be found on this page.
For international travellers, the Tripadvisor COVID-19 page has a number of resources which will be useful.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
If you are travelling to the Republic of Ireland, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is the public health service and is leading the response to the virus. Here is the HSE’s Coronavirus advice.
The Irish Government has a medium-term plan to manage COVID-19 and it will be implemented on a county by county basis.
There are five levels of restrictions that will be applied depending on the prevalence of COVID-19 in a county: Level 1 has the least amount of restrictions whereas Level 5 is a complete shutdown.
Currently, all arrivals, apart from arrivals from Northern Ireland, must complete a Passenger Locator Form. These rules apply to all nationalities. Arrivals from certain countries must provide a negative PCR test on arrival. Further information on inbound travel can be found on the Irish Government’s Travelling to Ireland website.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US is a leading public health organisation and has an excellent general information page on Coronavirus COVID-19 including a travel section for US citizens.
The US State Department also has a COVID-19 travel advice page for US citizens.