Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Worldwide Travel Restrictions

Today five different people have contacted me about the Australian government's new travel advice map. The Australian government is advising that people "do not travel overseas at all at this time". Therefore all the other countries in the world are colored red on its World Travel Advice map.

Of course travel advice is not the same as travel restrictions. While many countries around the world, like Australia, are advising their citizens not to travel, many countries are also putting in place travel restrictions and closing borders. These restrictions obviously differ from country to country.

The United Nations World Food Programme has therefore compiled the World Travel Restrictions interactive map. This map allows you to view the travel restrictions put in place by individual countries around the world. For example the United States has put in place restrictions on travel to the United States from 30 different countries around the world.

As well as government travel restrictions the map includes airline information outlining which airlines have reduced or stopped flights in and out of each country in the world.

The UN map comes with a warning that, "The information shown is for guidance only ... Therefore we ask you check with appropriate authorities and/or carriers before taking any travel related action." If you do need to travel abroad you should obviously check with your own country's travel advice and the travel restrictions in place in the country or countries you plan to visit.

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