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5 Apps You Need for COVID Travel

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It’s hard to keep up with the frequently changing COVID-19 travel restrictions that vary from location to location. Fortunately there are many apps emerging that can help people who love to travel be prepared for potential COVID-related disruptions to their trip. 

Do I need to wear a mask? Do I need to be vaccinated before traveling? Will I be able to go out to eat at my destination? If you find yourself asking these questions as you travel, then you need to download one of these top travel apps that include helpful information on COVID updates, disruptions and more. 

TripIt

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TripIt organizes all of your itineraries and travel info from your other travel apps and creates a master itinerary that’s easy to follow. The Traveler Resource Center is packed with features to inform you about what to expect regarding COVID-19 regulations during your travels. You can find out about mask guidelines, cancellations, refunds, credits, and airline restrictions as well. The app also provides resources where you can learn about digital health passports, infection rates and any other requirements for your destination. 

Omio

With an app and a website, Omio’s Open Travel Index provides the latest COVID-19 travel information about disruptions such as airline regulations, business closures, mask mandates and more. You can also use Omio to book flights, buses, trains and ferries and search for more information on specific countries to find out if there are any entry regulations or other COVID-19 guidelines to follow while you are there. 

Airsiders Compass

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Airsiders Compass recently came out with a Health App. This app allows you to learn about the safety measures and restrictions at airports and airlines around the world so that you’re always prepared with the right PPE and documentation necessary to fly. Health App provides an easy overview of everything related to COVID-19 at the airport including restaurant closures and disinfection checkpoints. 

Check & Fly

This app was created by The Airports Council International for iOS, so you know that you are getting quality info when you use Check & Fly. It compiles health and safety information directly from airports so that you know what to expect before you arrive. Airports can even communicate with passengers directly through the app with the most up-to-date information so that you can be prepared for every aspect of your trip and avoid surprises. 

App in the Air

This all-in-one travel app helps users navigate traveling amidst COVID-19 in a streamlined platform with all of your arrangements in one place. This app is available online, on Android and on iOS so you can check health and safety measures for your flights, get notifications about flight changes, and learn about pandemic regulations at each of your destinations no matter what kind of phone you have. 

Other Tech Tools to Consider When Traveling During the Pandemic

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There are numerous apps, websites and digital tools available to make travelling during the pandemic easier. It’s smart to check government agency websites that might be helpful such as the CDC and Travel.State.Gov to make sure that you are aware of any current advisories and recommendations related to the coronavirus. It’s also a good idea to check out the map compiled by The International Air Transport Association that displays coronavirus travel restrictions and entry requirements in an easy to read format. 

Even without the backdrop of the pandemic, it’s also important to consider a travel insurance app so that you always have your policy information in hand. There are also apps that can store your insurance information and other policies that you might need to have handy to help act as a financial safety net while traveling. 

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