Travel and Coronavirus News
The coronavirus pandemic has some serious implications for travel and related business. Already one airline, Flybe, has ceased trading and others are likely to follow. In the UK Budget on March 11 money was set aside to help tourism related businesses through hardship that coronavirus is creating.
In an effort to keep you up-to-date with how coronavirus is affecting travel, and how it might affect your travel plans I have tried to gather some of the news related to travel and coronavirus. Each snippet comes with a link to the source and the fuller story.
Sharp decline in demand for air travel
Travel bans and restrictions
US president, Donald Trump, has imposed a ban on arrivals from the 26 countries of the Schengen border-free travel area. The UK and Ireland, being non-Schengen countries are not affected by the ban. Source: cnn.com
First planes, now trains
Train operating companies in the UK are to reduce the number of services. Falling demand and staff shortages due to self-isolation are cited as the reasons. London Underground has close 40 stations until further notice. Vital services are being maintained for essential workers to commute to work. Source: bbc.co.uk
Latest travel bans and restrictions
Australia and New Zealand order arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days. Spain and France considered closing borders. Poland has closed its borders to foreign nationals. South Korea and China are tightening entry restrictions at Beijing airport. The US has added the UK and Ireland to the list of European countries with a travel ban. Australia is banning foreign cruise ships for 30-days. Source: reuters.com