Friday, June 12, 2020

IATA launches free interactive world map with latest Covid travel restriction updates

Mumbai: Airlines’ trade body, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has introduced a free online interactive world map to provide travelers with the latest COVID-19 entry regulations by country.
"The map relies on IATA’s Timatic database which contains comprehensive information on documentation required for international travel. To keep pace with the dynamic situation with respect to COVID-19, Timatic is updated more than 200 times per day to provide accurate travel restrictions specific to the current pandemic, based on one’s citizenship and country of residence," said IATA in a press statement issued recently.

In March, frequently changing entry regulations in countries had turned out to be a crippling problem for international passengers, airlines and travel agents as governments began enforcing various travel restrictions to contain coronavirus.

Though international flights are still banned in India -- with the exception of repatriation, charter and private flights, that is -- in other countries flight movements have begun across borders and the problem of keeping tab of ever-changing entry restrictions is back again,

Anish Chand, IATA’s assistant director, Timatic said: "As the aviation industry prepares to safely restart, travelers will need to know which countries’ borders are open and what health restrictions exist. Travelers can rely on Timatic for comprehensive and accurate information on travel during the pandemic."
IATA’s COVID-19 interactive world map, can also be accessed through mobile phones. "The Timatic COVID-19 Alerts service was also launched this week to offer subscribers real-time notifications for all travel updates related to the pandemic," said IATA.
12/06/20 Manju V/Times of India
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