IATA and UNWTO launch Covid-19 destination information service

posted on 23rd April 2021 by Edward Robertson
IATA and UNWTO launch Covid-19 destination information service

IATA has teamed up with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) to launch a free online tool allowing governments to share information on any Covid-19 requirements.

The Destination Tracker will have provide details on a number of factors, including infection and vaccination rates in a destination, air travel regulations concerning testing and quarantine and in-destination measures, such as mask use or restaurant regulations.

The tool is designed to encourage travellers to start booking trips again once borders reopen by giving them all the information they need to make fully informed decisions.

UNWTO secretary-general Zurab Pololikashvili said: “UNWTO is pleased to reinforce its partnership with IATA, a UNWTO Affiliate Member, to provide this important tool.

“Travellers and companies will be able to check requirements in place for air travel, as well as what measures will be in place at the visited destination.

“We trust this tool is also critical for governments to track existing travel restrictions and support the safe restart of our sector.”

IATA director-general Willie Walsh added: “It has been more than a year since the freedom to travel was lost as COVID-19 measures saw borders close.

“When governments have the confidence to re-open borders people will be eager to travel. And they will need accurate information to guide them.

“With the support of national tourism organizations, the UNWTO-IATA Destination Tracker will help travellers and travel companies obtain the latest information for travel planning.”