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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Half of the Biggest Tourism Economies Close to Full Travel Recovery

The "100 Club" now consists of seven members — seven countries where the travel industry performs at par or above 2019 levels. Another four countries are following closely behind. Things are starting to look almost "normal."

Half of the Biggest Tourism Economies Close to Full Travel Recovery

Airlines

U.S. to End Covid Test Requirement for Incoming Air Travelers

Airlines had been clamoring for the government to drop the pre-departure testing requirement for a long time, since they viewed it as a significant impediment to a complete recovery. Travelers aren't too sad about this development either.

U.S. to End Covid Test Requirement for Incoming Air Travelers

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Daily Podcast: Inflation Vs. Covid

Good morning from Skift. It's Wednesday, May 25, in New York City. Here's what you need to know about the business of travel today.

Daily Podcast: Inflation Vs. Covid

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China Will Not Host International Sporting Events Amid Zero-Covid Policy

As China's once busy international sporting calendar looks threadbare, the country's latest decision to retreat from hosting such events will go against its aspiration to turn sport into a $747 billion industry by 2025.

China Will Not Host International Sporting Events Amid Zero-Covid Policy

Skift Research

Skift Travel Health Index: April 2022 Highlights

The latest data and insights from our partners shows that the travel industry is continuing to return to ‘traditional’ levels of demand, and traveler behavior is looking increasingly like it did before the pandemic.

Skift Travel Health Index: April 2022 Highlights

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Travel Industry Is More Than 3/4 Recovered: New Skift Travel Health Index

The latest data and insights from our partners show that the travel industry is continuing to return to "traditional" levels of demand, and traveler behavior is looking increasingly like it did before the pandemic.

Travel Industry Is More Than 3/4 Recovered: New Skift Travel Health Index

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Shanghai to Gradually Increase Domestic Flight Services

As Covid-battered Shanghai plans for a return to normal life, airlines, bus and rail transit will gradually resume operations. However, travelers would still need a negative Covid test not older than 48 hours to take public transport.

Shanghai to Gradually Increase Domestic Flight Services

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CDC Recommends Travelers Still Wear Masks on Planes and Trains

The CDC is steadfast that passengers wear masks on planes and trains because all indications point to a major Covid surge this summer as travelers increasingly ditch masks.

CDC Recommends Travelers Still Wear Masks on Planes and Trains

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China’s Domestic Travel Curbs Upend Lives of Commuter Workers

China's mobility restrictions following a strict zero-Covid policy have made life tougher than before for commuter workers on border towns. They can neither go back home nor find another job.

China’s Domestic Travel Curbs Upend Lives of Commuter Workers

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U.S. Extends Vaccine Requirement for Non-Citizens at Land Borders

The Biden administration made a sensible decision to extend the requirement for foreign visitors crossing land and maritime borders to be vaccinated. The surge in Covid cases means there's no time for the U.S. to let down its guard in the fight against the virus.

U.S. Extends Vaccine Requirement for Non-Citizens at Land Borders