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As the world navigates the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we at Tripadvisor are well-positioned to assist in informing travelers throughout this challenging period -- and when ready, assisting in recovery efforts.
Read on for a wrap up of how the virus is affecting travel, ways you can help stop the spread of COVID-19, and tools and resources for staying abreast of this fast-developing situation.
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What do I need to know about booking travel right now?
Many nations are enacting more stringent travel restrictions or travel bans, and new policies are being implemented daily. The IATA is also maintaining a comprehensive country-by-country list of COVID-19 restrictions on travel.
Most commercial airlines have reduced or suspended routes because of the pandemic. In addition, many hotels, restaurants and attractions around the world have closed to avoid large gatherings.
It’s uncertain when travel restrictions will lift. If you’re considering planning a trip, make sure to check cancellation policies before booking. The following resources are a helpful place to start.
Up-to-date resources for travel planning amid COVID-19:
COVID-19 is mainly spread from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected individual speaks, coughs or sneezes at close range
The CDC has also warned it may be possible for a person to become infected by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.
There is currently no vaccine against COVID-19. Here are some things you can do to help fight the spread of COVID-19. The WHO recommends:
Washing your hands regularly with an alcohol-based sanitizer, or with soap and water.
Maintaining distance of at least 1 metre (3 feet) between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Seeking medical care immediately if you are showing symptoms
How can I help those most vulnerable to COVID-19?
You can give to organizations on the ground providing prevention, relief and support services to the most vulnerable populations around the globe. Here are a list of a few organizations Tripadvisor and the Tripadvisor Foundation recommend: