Coronavirus Travel News

Follow the latest news about coronavirus and its impact on hotels, airlines, cruise lines, tourism destinations, and other sectors of the travel industry.

We are over a year into the Covid-19 global pandemic, and the impact on the travel industry has been severe to say the least. Skift has been covering this on a day-to-day basis since January 2020. You can read the latest news, as well as all of our coverage, on the pages below.

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Travel Industry Recovery on Track for 2023

Today’s edition of Skift’s daily podcast looks at travel’s recovery path, Twitter’s increasing irrelevance for tourism, and Banff’s overtourism battles.

Travel Industry Recovery on Track for 2023

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2022 Fizzles Out, Optimism for 2023: New Skift Travel Health Index

Skift Research is cautiously optimistic about travel's continued recovery in 2023, despite a growing likelihood of a recession in many countries. Travel is still under-indexed compared to the broader economy, and the reopening of Chinese borders provides a strong boost.

2022 Fizzles Out, Optimism for 2023: New Skift Travel Health Index

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A Return to Mask Wearing Encouraged for Long-Haul Flights

World health officials urging flyers to mask up again is a loud reminder the fight against Covid is far from over despite travelers' eagerness to put the pandemic — and masks on planes — firmly behind them.

A Return to Mask Wearing Encouraged for Long-Haul Flights

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Global Recovery Cools as Anxieties Heat Up: New Skift Travel Health Index

Economic worries might be catching up with the travel industry, but just in time China is starting to show signs of life.

Global Recovery Cools as Anxieties Heat Up: New Skift Travel Health Index

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Travel’s Final Push to Full Recovery Stalled: New Skift Travel Health Index

Continuing uncertainties and headwinds suppressed growth in October, with the Skift Travel Health Index sitting around the 85 percent mark since June with little movement.

Travel’s Final Push to Full Recovery Stalled: New Skift Travel Health Index

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Travel’s Epicenter Moves West: New Skift Travel Health Index

Data is highlighting the shift away from Asia as the epicenter of travel, moving towards the Middle East and Europe. With China looking at its zero-Covid policy as the long-term solution to beating the pandemic, it will be interesting to see how long it takes for the pendulum to swing back.

Travel’s Epicenter Moves West: New Skift Travel Health Index

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Qatar Requires World Cup Visitors to Produce Negative Covid Test Upon Arrival

Fans attending soccer's World Cup in Qatar this November and December must show proof of a negative Covid test upon arriving in the country, event organizers said on Thursday. All visitors above the age of six must produce a negative result from a PCR test taken within 48 hours before departure or a rapid antigen…

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Canada to Lift Last Covid, Mask Restrictions

Canada will end all entry restrictions on October 1, with major national airlines Air Canada and WestJet welcoming the change. Gone are requirements that certain travelers provide proof of vaccination, undergo pre- or post-arrival testing, or quarantine or isolate after arrival, the Canadian government said on Monday. Fully vaccinated travelers have not been subject to…

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Asia’s Recovery Remains Unpredictable: New Skift Travel Health Index

While not fully recovered, travel is taking on recognizable and predictable patterns in most regions. Asia Pacific is the exception, where there are still major fluctuations in travel performance with every new announcement of loosening and tightening of pandemic-related restrictions.

Asia’s Recovery Remains Unpredictable: New Skift Travel Health Index

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Assessing a Return of Chinese Outbound Travel: New Skift Travel Health Index

A back-of-the-envelope analysis shows that a return to pre-pandemic levels of Chinese international travel would pull many Asian countries close to or beyond full recovery. Now we just need to wait for Chinese borders to reopen ...

Assessing a Return of Chinese Outbound Travel: New Skift Travel Health Index