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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The Problem With Vaccinated Travel Lanes

It’s time for Singapore — and others taking a more step-by-step approach to reopening — to show a little more boldness on travel.  Stop "picking winners" and skewing the market.

The Problem With Vaccinated Travel Lanes

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White House Offers Details on Exemptions for Lifting of U.S. Travel Restrictions

While a lot of the information coming out of Monday's announcement isn't new, the White House actually opened the door for more groups of people to visit the U.S. — including families with young children.

White House Offers Details on Exemptions for Lifting of U.S. Travel Restrictions

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Japan Tourism Revenue at Risk Because of Lack of Vaccination Passports

The Japanese government needs to develop a coherent reopening strategy immediately to salvage the lucrative end-of-year travel season. Many businesses are unsure about how to operate safely, which is delaying critical preparations for what is typically their busiest period.

Japan Tourism Revenue at Risk Because of Lack of Vaccination Passports

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581 Days Later, It’s Time to Travel

The travel industry's pandemic interregnum period is over. We have gained so much in what we lost.

581 Days Later, It’s Time to Travel
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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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U.S. Will Reopen to Vaccinated International Air and Land Travelers Starting November 8

Welcome news for the industry with a firm date in place now. Let the bookings commence.

U.S. Will Reopen to Vaccinated International Air and Land Travelers Starting November 8

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Sydney Takes First Steps to Reopen to Vaccinated Travelers From November 1

Australia's closed-off response to Covid-19 has spared it the massive death count other countries have seen, and a successful vaccination policy for locals and visitors alike could make it the model for future responses.

Sydney Takes First Steps to Reopen to Vaccinated Travelers From November 1

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Dubai Expo Set to Kickstart the Emirati’s Tourism Sector: New Skift Recovery Index

Much is riding on the success of the Dubai Expo — not just for the Emirati. The Expo is undoubtedly the largest tourism-oriented event since the start of the pandemic. Many lessons will be learned from how the city state handles the coming months.

Dubai Expo Set to Kickstart the Emirati’s Tourism Sector: New Skift Recovery Index

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Travel Firms Owe $2.7 Billion Worth of UK Covid Loans

The ongoing publication by the Bank of England of a list of companies with outstanding debts is a reminder of how deeply impacted the travel industry has been by coronavirus.

Travel Firms Owe $2.7 Billion Worth of UK Covid Loans

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U.S. Eases Travel Restrictions for Fully Vaccinated Global Travelers and 9 Other Top Travel Stories

In Skift's top stories this week, the U.S. announces it's reopening to fully vaccinated overseas air travelers, Expedia Group consolidates its three three loyalty programs, and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky envisions remote work enabling employees to live in less-expensive areas.

U.S. Eases Travel Restrictions for Fully Vaccinated Global Travelers and 9 Other Top Travel Stories

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U.S. to Ease Travel Restrictions for All Vaccinated Travelers Worldwide From November

This is the most significant international travel news since the start of pandemic restrictions being put in place. Watch travel bookings go crazy — and the share prices of travel companies.

U.S. to Ease Travel Restrictions for All Vaccinated Travelers Worldwide From November

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Australia in Step to Reopen Will Test Quarantine for Vaxxed Global Travelers

If Australian officials deem the home quarantine scheme to be a success, expect the government to give more consideration to opening up the country for tourism sooner.

Australia in Step to Reopen Will Test Quarantine for Vaxxed Global Travelers