Google has been active in using Maps to inform users about travel plans. In September, the company added a feature that let users see the seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the area of the map they are looking at.
Google is looking to keep summer vacationers informed about COVID-19 travel restrictions for specific destinations so they can plan ahead.
When users look up flights or hotels in a certain area using Google Search, the site will inform them if there are travel restrictions or advisories. It has recently added a new function that lets users see specific restrictions, like whether they will need to quarantine when arriving at a certain destination or if they need proof of testing.
The new tool lets users get updates about travel restriction changes.
"You can now also track travel advisories or restrictions for your destination and get email updates. If you are signed in to your Google account, you can toggle 'Receive an email if this guidance changes.'
Find the original google news link here: https://blog.google/products/flights-hotels/helpful-tools-when-youre-ready-travel/
As vaccines become more available, many people are eager to start planning vacations again. We’re seeing more searches for travel-related destination information — like travel restrictions by country and where to travel, which both recently hit all-time highs. If you're ready to plan a trip, here are a few updates to keep you informed on the latest travel guidance and explore potential destinations.
Stay up to date on travel guidance
When you look for travel information like flights, hotels or things to do, Search will let you know if there are COVID-19 related travel advisories or restrictions for your destination. Now, we’re adding more travel restriction details, like whether you’ll need to quarantine upon arrival or provide proof of test results or immunization records.
You can now also track travel advisories or restrictions for your destination and get email updates. If you are signed into your Google account, you can toggle “Receive an email if this guidance changes.” You'll be notified when restrictions are added, lifted or reduced. These updates are country-specific, with state-specific information available in the United States.