Passionate would-be travelers across the globe are running into the same issue: they’re ready to get back out and explore another corner of the world, but they’re hesitant to plan travel during COVID-19. And who can blame them! Travel is not easy right now. We all want to feel as safe as possible when traveling and, with so much uncertainty, we need flexibility more than ever when planning our next adventure. We get it, but it’s not all hopeless. There are ways that you can plan your next getaway with some sense of security. We’re here to share our top 5 tips for booking with confidence!
Whether it’s exploring the reefs of Bligh Waters, swimming in Crater Lake, or eating your way through New York, our top tips will help you with planning your next adventure. Read on to learn about Skyscanner’s new tools and how to use them for safer and smarter travel.
Skyscanner’s top 5 tips for planning and traveling with confidence
- Monitor what parts of the world are open to visitors
- Get reliable (travel) advice
- Be and book flexible
- Make cleanliness and safety a priority
- Stay on top of the latest travel news
Monitor what parts of the world are open to visitors
Deciding where to go next is arguably the best part of planning a trip! However, with entry requirements constantly changing, it’s hard (to say nothing of time-consuming) to keep tabs on which countries are actually open for tourism.
Don’t worry! We’ve made this part of planning a little easier with our first tip for booking with confidence. Our interactive color-coded global map is updated daily so just pop your dream destination into the map and see how, and when, you can make that dream a reality.
Here is how it works: based on your origin country, we’ll show you which countries are open, partially open, and closed for now, as well as those that haven’t made any information available. More than that, you can see which places have low, moderate, and major restrictions. Click on any country to review its case count, entry requirements, and quarantine details.
If you already have your eye on a dream destination (or two), subscribe to our travel updates and we’ll send you an email as soon as we discover changes to entry or quarantine requirements. Being prepared is that simple!
Get reliable (travel) advice
There is a ton of information out there! Sorting through it is no small task, especially when all you want to do is sink your toes into Caribbean sand or climb Pico di Orizaba.
That’s why we’re here with another tip for booking with confidence! Whether you’re searching for domestic travel details or the latest airline policies, our Coronavirus Travel Advice page has all the latest information for planning travel during COVID-19. You’ll find sections with state-by-state resources, government travel advice, and flight cancellation and policy news from major airlines.
We’re updating this page daily, so you can feel confident that you’re accessing the latest details, travel requirements, and links to official sources.
Be and book flexible
Uncertainty goes hand in hand with flexibility. So, as avid travelers, we know that flexible flight and hotel cancellation policies give us the much needed confidence to book our next trip to paradise relatively worry-free.
Things can change at the drop of a dime, which is why when you use Skyscanner to search for flights, tick the Flexible Ticket options to see which providers are offering more-accommodating booking terms. We also link directly to the airline’s booking policy if you want to dive into the details.
And, when you’ve found the perfect flight to your dream destination, our filters let you only search for hotels that offer free cancellation. Pretty sweet, huh?
Our Flexible Ticket and hotel cancellation filter is available on desktop, mobile web, and the Skyscanner app.
Make cleanliness and safety a priority
Cleanliness is right on the heels of flexibility when it comes to traveling right now. Did you know that a recent Skyscanner survey revealed that 44% of travelers prioritize superior hygiene and cleanliness when considering travel?
We totally get it. If you are going to spend hours on an airplane, you want to know that the airline is doing everything in its power to protect travelers and its staff. Since cleanliness is just as important as flexible booking options, we added cleanliness and safety ratings to our airline and hotel search results to give you peace of mind when booking and traveling.
We’ve partnered with AirlineRatings.com to allow you to search for and choose airlines based on their COVID-19 safety rating. One of our top tips for booking with confidence is being aware of this tool! An airline’s overall score (up to 5 points) is based on how many of the following five health and safety measures are in place in the wake of COVID-19:
- Face masks mandatory
- Plane deep cleaned daily
- Flight crew wearing PPE
- Passenger sanitation packs provided
- Changes to food service
Look for the purple badge icon that appears on all search results to see at-a-glance an airline’s health and safety measures as well as what’s expected from travelers. Search for a flight to see how it works.
Hotels are likewise boosting confidence and differentiating themselves by implementing and improving hygiene standards. That’s good news for staycationers who want to get back out there but stay close to home.
When you look for a hotel on Skyscanner, you’ll see a new hotel cleanliness rating displayed on some search results. These accommodations have to score a 4.5 (out of 5) or above in order to boast the distinctive hotel cleanliness badge. The ratings are updated in real-time and based on direct guest feedback through our partnership with TripAdvisor. Browse hotels now to see which have earned this badge.
Stay on top of the latest travel news
Are you wondering when you can travel to Europe again? Or do you need inspiration for winter getaway destinations? Our travel blog and newsletter will answer those questions and more. Seasoned travel writers and Skyscanner staff are continuously researching and writing about the latest in travel, including news, trends, and destinations. Here are some of our readers’ favorite articles:
- Everything you need to know about airplane filters and cleaning
- How to plan a multi-country holiday during COVID-19
- Flying in 2020: A step-by-step journey through airports
- Tips for family holidays 2021
- The best small towns in America
Get these articles delivered right to your inbox by signing up for our newsletter. Just go here and scroll down the page until you see the newsletter signup box “Dreaming of your next trip?”
From identifying which countries you can visit to booking flights with a flexible change policy, Skyscanner has your next trip covered, which leaves you to focus on all the fun stuff of trip planning. Use our new features and tips for booking with confidence to plan your next adventure.
We are continuously updating the information we provide, but it’s always wise to double-check government guidelines directly from the source before you make a travel decision. As we’ve learned throughout the pandemic, things can change very quickly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Being in any public space with other people, including while traveling, will increase your risk of exposure to the coronavirus. There are ways to reduce your risk and make traveling safer for yourself and others, such as wearing a mask and maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet. You should postpone travel if you or a travel companion feel unwell.
As of August 6, 2020, the State Department lifted its Global Level 4 Do Not Travel advisory. The State Department has returned to its previous method of issuing country-specific travel advice. Check the CDC’s Risk Assessment Level for COVID-19 by country.
Want to read more?
- Coronavirus travel advice: plan travel during COVID-19 with our regularly updated page on local and international news and updated airline policies.
- Coronavirus travel questions answered: Skyscanner’s panel of experts answered some of the most commonly asked COVID-19 queries.
- Wellness travel: why it’s the post-coronavirus stress-buster you need.