Coronavirus Global Travel Restrictions and Operator Policies: Updating List

March 16, 2020


Our vision is to create a borderless and connected world.

As governments act proactively to slow the global impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), we are keeping up with international travel restrictions and policies by your most-loved travel operators by the hour.

This article aims to help you stay up-to-date about rapidly evolving changes to our travel landscape, including: 

  • Mobility between Countries: Temporary restrictions and quarantines to proactively slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) 
  • Travel Operator Policies: Cancellations, refunds, waivers and delay policies — how your most-loved travel operators are here to support you
  • Personal Health & Wellness: Tips and entertainment for travelers in quarantine, or on the road

It will be updated in live-time, as we curate information from our global team, community and travel industry leaders worldwide.

Last update: March 17, 6pm GMT+1 

— Coronavirus Global Travel Restrictions —

Most Popular Countries on Grabr


No incoming foreigners for 30 days. No outgoing flights to Europe, UK, US, China, Japan, South Korea or Iran. 14 day quarantine for all nationals who enter. Argentina COVID-19 Travel Restrictions


No travel restrictions as of March 16. Recommended 7 day self quarantine for incoming nationals and foreigners. Brazil COVID-19 Travel Restrictions


No incoming foreigners as of March 16, exempt US citizens, airplane crews, diplomats and immediate family members of Canadian citizens, timeframe to be determined. Canada COVID-19 Travel Restrictions


No incoming foreigners as of March 18. 14 day quarantine for nationals coming from high-risk places. Chile COVID-19 Travel Restrictions


No incoming foreigners who have been to Europe or Asia within the past 14 days. 14 day quarantine for nationals coming from affected places. Colombia COVID-19 Travel Restrictions


No international flights March 19-30. Egypt COVID-19 Travel Restrictions


No incoming foreigners for 30 days, restricted movement for Schengen nationals as of March 17. France COVID-19 Travel Restrictions.


No incoming foreigners for 30 days, restricted movement for Schengen nationals as of March 17. Germany COVID-19 Travel Restrictions


Suspension of most travel and tourism visas, with the exception of “diplomatic, official, U.N. or International Organizations, employment and project visas” until April 15. India COVID-19 Travel Restrictions


No incoming foreigners. Nationals and foreigners already inside the country in strict quarantine, only traveling to return home. Italy COVID-19 Travel Restrictions


No travel restrictions as of March 14. Mexico COVID-19 Travel Restrictions


No incoming foreigners for 15 days, internal quarantine as of March 16. Peru COVID-19 Travel Restrictions


No incoming foreigners for 30 days, restricted movement for Schengen nationals as of March 17. Portugal COVID-19 Travel Restrictions


Expected to close to incoming foreigners for X days, as of March 17. Russia COVID-19 Travel Restrictions 


No incoming foreigners for 30 days, restricted movement for Schengen nationals as of March 17. Spain COVID-19 Travel Restrictions


14 day self-quarantine for travelers arriving from US. Travelers from China, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Italy and Iran require a health certificate confirming negative test results and proof of insurance with coverage min. $100,000. Thailand COVID-19 Travel Restrictions 


No incoming foreigners since March 14. Ukraine COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

United Arab Emirates

No travel restrictions as of March 16. United Arab Emirates COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

United Kingdom

No travel restrictions as of March 16. Officials are monitoring direct flights into the country from certain areas. United Kingdom COVID-19 Travel Restrictions 

United States

No incoming foreigners who have visited China, Iran and a group of European countries during the previous 14 days. No travel to Europe for 30 days, for nationals. United States COVID-19 Travel Restrictions


No incoming flights from Europe starting March 20. 14 day self-quarantine for passengers arriving from China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Iran, Spain, Italy, France and Germany.Uruguay COVID-19 Travel Restrictions


No incoming foreigners from Europe’s Schengen Area and Britain. Vietnam COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Other Countries

For countries not listed here, find real-time info on temporary restrictions and quarantines to proactively slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) here.

  — Coronavirus Travel Operator Policies —

During these times of rapid change, your most-loved travel operators are showing up and here to support you, with these unexpected changes to your travel plans. 

From Airlines and Accommodations to Tour Operators, the travel industry is offering a variety of extenuating circumstance policy updates, including waiving cancellation fees, offering refunds and inviting flexible rebooking options.

Find below a collection of policy updates from travel industry leaders, in response to restrictions to proactively slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

We will keep this list as up-to-date as possible, but be sure to refer directly to the provider for your personal travel bookings, as policies are rapidly changing in the evolving climate. 


Airline Policies

Find real-time info on updated airline policies to proactively slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) from Lonely Planet.

Hotels & Other Accommodations Policies

InterContinental Hotels Group 

Leading the industry with the most generous policy of all global hotel chains, InterContinental Hotels Group  is waiving cancellation fees for existing and new bookings at all IHG hotels globally for stays between March 9 and April 30, 2020. InterContinental Hotels Group COVID-19 Travel Policy

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Guests who are prohibited from traveling to their booked hotel under applicable law will have their cancellation or change penalties waived on direct bookings. Globally, all direct reservations can be moved to a future travel date up until 48h before the arrival date at no extra fee provided they are for the same number (or more) of room nights. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts COVID-19 Travel Policy

Hilton Hotels

Free cancellations or amendments at no charge, up to 24-hours before arrival, for those with existing bookings until April 30, and — new bookings for any future arrival date. Hilton Hotels COVID-19 Travel Policy

Marriott Hotels

Existing reservations: full changes or cancellations with no charge up to 24hr before arrival, as long as the change is made by April 30,2020, for any future arrival date. New reservations: full changes or cancellations with no charge up to 24hr before arrival, until April 30, 2020. Marriott Hotels COVID-19 Travel Policy


Guests: Full refunds and Hosts: no charge cancellations for reservations booked on or before March 14th, with a check in date of April 14th or earlier. AirBNB COVID-19 Travel Policy 

  — Coronavirus Traveler Health & Wellness —

For frequent travelers at home or abroad during this time, be aware of your increased potential for exposure if you have traveled in recent weeks, and be proactive about maintaining your personal health and wellness.


World Health Organization (WHO) recommends maintaining at least one meter, or 3 feet, away as a social distance from others, and to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.

Also – be sure to get enough rest, keep your body full of high nutrition and easily digestible foods, and prioritize movement in your day.

Many generous workout studios and online instructors, including CorePower Yoga and Planet Fitness, are offering free live streaming of classes to provide access to healthy habits at home.

Aiming to keep your adrenal response low, and spirits high, is a potent way to support your immune health.

Check back to this post often, as we will be sharing live-time updates, plus wellness tips and entertainment for you each day throughout the coming weeks.


If you are a Grabr traveler who will experience unexpected changes to your upcoming trip, we’ve got you covered.

Message us on WhatsApp with your trip details, and we will confirm delivery delays to your shoppers.

During this time, we are extending our recommended delivery window to 90 days for shoppers, to allow time for current travel restrictions to lift and you to continue earning on your upcoming trips abroad.

Find real-time info on our evolving policies to support Grabr travelers here.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the open skies on the other side.

To borderless living,

❤️ Grabr team

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