IATA Now Charging For COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map

IATA Now Charging For COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map

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Well this is pretty disappointing…

IATA’s useful interactive coronavirus travel map

It can be extremely difficult to keep up with international travel regulations, given how frequently they change, and how complex they are.

A couple of month ago I wrote about IATA’s COVID-19 travel regulations map, powered my Timatic. This has been a useful tool to reference in order to get a sense of what the regulations are in a particular country. It’s similar information to what many airlines use to determine if a passenger is eligible to travel to a destination.

This map typically presented the most up to date information, though it wasn’t necessarily as detailed as you might need to fully plan a trip.

Using this map is no longer free

Initially using this resource was completely free, though that has now changed:

  • IATA will now let you search the entry requirements for three countries for free
  • After that you’ll be prompted to get a membership to Timatic COVID-19 alerts, which costs 199EUR per year
  • It would appear that using a new incognito browser is a way to get around having to pay this fee, should you want to look up more countries than that

I totally get that running the site is probably costly, but IATA is also a trade organization representing most of the world’s major airlines. This was a useful tool for navigating the impossible world of international travel regulations at the moment. You’d think creating an easy to use service would be in the best interest of IATA’s member airlines, and is something that should be invested in.

If there is going to be a cost for this, you’d hope it would be less than 199EUR.

What’s the next best alternative?

IATA’s tool powered by Timatic was by far the best overall resource for getting an overview of  current regulations. We also have a coronavirus travel policies and regulations page on OMAAT that we try to keep updated as much as possible.

While it’s sad to see IATA now trying to charge for using this, the reality is that it never gave you all the information you’d need to get a full picture of requirements to travel somewhere. For example, it wouldn’t always include details like if a quarantine is required, what kind of testing is required, etc.

You’re best off directly consulting the government website for the country you’re traveling to, given the complexity of some rules, and how often they change.

Bottom line

IATA’s handy and easy to use use coronavirus travel regulations map is now only free for three countries, and after that you have to buy a membership for 199EUR per year. While I get it probably wasn’t cheap to run, I also feel like this was a vital tool that you’d think IATA would want a lot of people to have access to.

You can always still do three searches for free (and use an incognito window to do more searches), and you’ll also want to directly visit government websites for full details of travel restrictions.

(Tip of the hat to You Have Been Upgraded)

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  1. monica degazio Guest

    https://covidcontrols.co/tourist-entry
    The best free map That I have found

  2. TLS Member

    @Sara - considering I live in Taiwan, yes. However, I have no idea where Chinese Taipei is.

  3. Dina Guest

    The site is still available, they're just validating that you're human (not a robot), nothing else! (Just as Sara said above :) )

    You can view three countries, then just submit a new captcha and look at another three countries. Free of charge!

  4. Sara Guest

    I'm really surprised about all these negative comments and the lack of knowledge. The map is still free of charge. Just access it later or use a different browser and you are able to check the country you want to travel to. I personally only check one or two countries and not 20 other countries...
    Did anyone think of why IATA introduced a captcha code, maybe an issue of data fraud? I came across...

    I'm really surprised about all these negative comments and the lack of knowledge. The map is still free of charge. Just access it later or use a different browser and you are able to check the country you want to travel to. I personally only check one or two countries and not 20 other countries...
    Did anyone think of why IATA introduced a captcha code, maybe an issue of data fraud? I came across many website which just copied the IATA data (picked any random date and didn't keep it up-to-date). If people rely on this - this could be far more misleading. I will keep checking the IATA website (free of charge)….

    TLS: Do you know where Taiwan is located? It is listed as Chinese Taipei and clearly visible.

  5. Sascha New Member

    @Ben - Austrian Airlines now offers a website with the latest travel restrictions, which is completely free and uses the IATA information: https://austrian.lhg-infohub.com/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=instastory&utm_campaign=os_xx_en_infohub

  6. Ryszard Guest

    I use https://www.skyscanner.net/travel-restrictions which is based on IATA data and is free to use, enjoy!

  7. Ulf Waschbusch Guest

    Several providers are now helping customers with this info.

    E.g. you can find our Covid-Map here:
    https://www.skyscanner.net/travel-restrictions

  8. TLS Member

    And Taiwan isn't even included, because of China...

  9. Mike Diamond

    Actually IATA is trying to make a fast buck at the expense of the safety of the traveling public. This isn’t the same has their usual exorbitant charges for publications like the Dangerous Good and Live Animals Regulations manuals. They are now trying to monitize critical information that is needed during a worldwide pandemic.

    Shame on IATA, and shame on their member carriers that allow them to do this.

  10. Mark5 Guest

    Three attempts, no luck. Usual mystery

  11. EJC Guest

    If you click to go to their page for subscription options it opens a new tab but if you go back to the map page it shows you the entry restrictions for the country you clicked on anyway, so it's painful and I am sure will be patched but for the moment that is a workaround.

  12. Greg Guest

    Just use the TIMATIC app on the UNITED website - they list TIMATIC health requirements

    https://www.united.com/web/en-us/apps/vendors/default.aspx?i=TIMATIC

  13. Brian G. Allen Gold

    The reptile brain seems firmly in control over at IATA...

  14. Gene Diamond

    @ Ben -- *Anyone, not anyway

  15. Gene Diamond

    @ Ben -- This is pretty moronic of IATA. Great way to promote the purchase of airline tickets. Seriously, is anyway actually going to pay to use this map?

  16. Stephen Guest

    There are many maps supplying the same information, one good one I found and have been referring to lately is www.covidvoyager.com

  17. Steve New Member

    I’m not sure we should be surprised that an airline-related website would charge for something like this - I suppose it’s their version of an extra luggage charge.

  18. Steffl Guest

    Try this instead: Written infos after you enter your trip details, not personal details but flight infos. FREE and based on the TIMATIC Infos.
    https://klm.traveldoc.aero/

  19. The Brain Member

    They are a business people and providing a service. Granted there is a pandemic but that doesn't mean businesses all suddenly become charities! If you want to use the service beyond the limited free countries (which frankly should be enough for most people given how limited international travel is currently) then pay for it!

    Not sure why everyone thinks they should get a free ride and all they worry about is impact on them regarding...

    They are a business people and providing a service. Granted there is a pandemic but that doesn't mean businesses all suddenly become charities! If you want to use the service beyond the limited free countries (which frankly should be enough for most people given how limited international travel is currently) then pay for it!

    Not sure why everyone thinks they should get a free ride and all they worry about is impact on them regarding fees/miles/points etc when they are the least of the concerns. Businesses make decisions based on their overall plans and requirements, you just have to adjust. Learn to live with that!

  20. Volodymyr Guest

    IATA site is good but the information is very limited, for the full picture I use travelbans.org also there is a feature to check what countries opened for you (based on the citizenship). There are more details information especially for Europe and also with Airlines updates

  21. bruh Member

    Oh my God. This is not just an 'ordinary service's. It's an essential one and vital for passengers as they are looking out for travel restrictions. It's important that they continue to provide this for free and charging exorbitant prices (trust me, EUR199 is too much for a map!?) for something that's really important is preposterous (Just like the US Healthcare system lol).

    Hopefully, this should be nothing more than a joke. Or just...

    Oh my God. This is not just an 'ordinary service's. It's an essential one and vital for passengers as they are looking out for travel restrictions. It's important that they continue to provide this for free and charging exorbitant prices (trust me, EUR199 is too much for a map!?) for something that's really important is preposterous (Just like the US Healthcare system lol).

    Hopefully, this should be nothing more than a joke. Or just better, check on with the airline website/Consulate of the country you are travelling to.

  22. Mike Diamond

    Having been a past chairman or member of IATA industry boards, conferences, and working groups I can tell you that IATA never a misses a chance to make a buck.

    It wasn’t always that way. In the past their membership dues covered their expenses and they truly served, and at times regulated, the airline industry. But member carriers began to push back on dues increases and IATA had to find alternative revenue sources.

    ...

    Having been a past chairman or member of IATA industry boards, conferences, and working groups I can tell you that IATA never a misses a chance to make a buck.

    It wasn’t always that way. In the past their membership dues covered their expenses and they truly served, and at times regulated, the airline industry. But member carriers began to push back on dues increases and IATA had to find alternative revenue sources.

    That said, one would think that they would be doing everything possible to get people back on planes. Charging such a high fee for this vital information seems to be counter productive towards that goal.

  23. Joe Chivas Guest

    They clearly need to learn a few lessons from Karen Fisher.

  24. GB Guest

    Incognito Mode defeats the 3-country limit.

  25. Mohammed Guest

    Kayak's Travel map is pretty good:
    https://www.kayak.com/travel-restrictions

  26. Ali Guest

    Let’s say I paid and accessed the map. Will they assure me the information is accurate? Or will they have a disclaimer.
    Just check with the airline or the consulate as I said before

  27. Marcelo Guest

    Why is A Lufthansa plane on the cover photo?

  28. Sitrafox New Member

    Haha ... Good one Stuart :D

  29. Stuart Diamond

    They clearly need to learn a few lessons from the porn industry.

  30. Sitrafox New Member

    Never thought this organisation cared to treat the traveling public ( the customer ) with the respect they deserve, and I'm not surprised at all by this move.

  31. Ali Guest

    It was not accurate anyways.
    I had to call the consulate beforehand.
    So good riddance

  32. Daniel Guest

    For U.S. citizens, you can use the State Department's International destination search tool at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html to look up a country and see the alerts including travel quarantines and restrictions.

    That's always been my first stop for entry requirements such as visas.

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monica degazio Guest

https://covidcontrols.co/tourist-entry The best free map That I have found

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TLS Member

@Sara - considering I live in Taiwan, yes. However, I have no idea where Chinese Taipei is.

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Dina Guest

The site is still available, they're just validating that you're human (not a robot), nothing else! (Just as Sara said above :) ) You can view three countries, then just submit a new captcha and look at another three countries. Free of charge!

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