The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have partnered up to launch a Destination Tracker in preparation for the restart of international travel.
It is the result of both organizations joining efforts to boost confidence and accelerate recovery of the tourism sector when borders reopen.
The UNWTO-IATA Destination Tracker is a new free online tool for governments to provide information on COVID-19 requirements for travel and the measures in place at the destination.
The tool is available through the websites of both organizations and will provide information on:
- COVID-19 Indicators, such as infection rates, positivity rates, and vaccination roll out by destination/country.
- Air Travel Regulations, including test and quarantine requirements, provided by IATA’s Timatic solution.
- Destination Measures like general health and safety requirements such as use of masks, transit through a country, curfew, or regulations related to restaurants and attractions, provided by national tourism organizations.
“The Destination Tracker will fulfill a key need by providing clarity on COVID-19 measures affecting tourism,” states a release. “The situation for travellers is complex with UNWTO data showing that one in three destinations remains closed to tourists. Moreover, restrictions and in-country measures are continuously being revised.”
"UNWTO is pleased to reinforce its partnership with IATA, a UNWTO Affiliate Member, to provide this important tool,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. 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.”
Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director-General, 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 travelers and travel companies obtain the latest information for travel planning.”
Click here to access the tool.