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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Accor’s All-Inclusive Resort Growth Plan Strengthens Company Grip on Luxury

Accor is staying busy with brand rollouts and expansion into newer sectors like all-inclusive resorts, but make no mistake: This is all about elbowing out the competition to win over luxury customers.

Accor’s All-Inclusive Resort Growth Plan Strengthens Company Grip on Luxury

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3 Big Uncertainties Now Facing Travel’s Recovery With the Omicron Variant

From consumer confidence to tourism board revenues potentially taking another big hit, the tourism industry continues to be at risk, especially with a new set of unknowns surrounding Covid's newest variant. It's not too late for travel leaders to demand urgent global vaccine distributions.

3 Big Uncertainties Now Facing Travel’s Recovery With the Omicron Variant

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Spain to Ban Unvaccinated British Tourists

Requiring vaccinations to travel to foreign countries isn't new, but it will likely become the norm for more travelers to more destinations and that is not a bad thing at all.

Spain to Ban Unvaccinated British Tourists

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Switzerland Imposes Quarantine on UK, Netherlands, Others

Expect for more confusing rules to emerge from European countries, where the Omicron variant has already been detected. Of course, their leaders could have avoided all of this by allowing for a more equal global Covid vaccine distribution.

Switzerland Imposes Quarantine on UK, Netherlands, Others
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New Report: How Airlines Will Get Back on the Path to Profitability

How are airlines preparing to address the needs of the changed passenger and disrupted operating environment as the world emerges from the Covid-19 crisis? Expect to see strategies for personalized value, more choices, and greater airline control, as airlines move forward on their unique journey back to profitability.

New Report: How Airlines Will Get Back on the Path to Profitability

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UK Issues New Restrictions on International Travelers

This is not the holiday season anyone inside or outside the travel industry was looking forward to. The new two-day time out for international visitors is a tap to the breaks on inbound travel, but will likely lead to further restrictions for both inbound and outbound travel as well.

UK Issues New Restrictions on International Travelers

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U.S. Advises Against Travel to Southern African Countries Due to New Covid Variant

Porous borders, despite all the pomp and circumstance around travel bans, fueled prior case surges around the world. A strongly worded advisory without ramifications won't do much to curtail spread while countries like the U.S. look to buy time to better understand Omicron.

U.S. Advises Against Travel to Southern African Countries Due to New Covid Variant

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Omicron Variant Ushers in Global Wave of Travel Bans on Southern Africa

Omicron can be a brutal setback for the travel industry, but tough mitigation decisions like closed borders can buy countries time to evaluate the variant and mitigate against a potentially brutal winter surge of new cases.

Omicron Variant Ushers in Global Wave of Travel Bans on Southern Africa

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Delta and United Won’t Drop South Africa Flights Despite Variant Surge

Delta and United maintain they'll keep their respective less than daily flights to South Africa amid the Omicron variant, but the pandemic taught us decisions like this can be reversed quickly. Travelers should be cautious and prepared.

Delta and United Won’t Drop South Africa Flights Despite Variant Surge

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U.S. to Restrict Travel From 8 Southern African Countries Over New Covid Variant

The U.S. needed to act immediately to announce travel restrictions as any delays in doing so could result in the fight against the new variant being lost quickly. The travel industry can't catch a break, with this new round of anxiety creating more uncertainties — yet again.

U.S. to Restrict Travel From 8 Southern African Countries Over New Covid Variant

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New Covid Variant Demands Fast Action on Travel Curbs: UN’s Tourism Chief

The new Covid variant is an enormous setback for an industry that seemingly can't catch a break, and it kills any chance of a complete recovery soon — especially as 98 percent of destinations worldwide still have some sort of travel restrictions.

New Covid Variant Demands Fast Action on Travel Curbs: UN’s Tourism Chief

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South Africa Covid Variant Poses New Threat to Airlines and Tour Operators

Expect swift and radical precautionary measures in the weeks ahead, because the travel industry can't afford another lost winter.

South Africa Covid Variant Poses New Threat to Airlines and Tour Operators