We can’t really say that the world is opening up again as vaccines are not yet available to a large percentage of the world’s population. But there is some light at the end of the tunnel for some regions, so people might start planning trips again soon. With that in mind, Google is now adding COVID-19 related information specific to countries and states in the US so you know what to expect from your soon-to-be post-vaccination vacation, hopefully.
When you search for travel information such as flights, hotels, things to do, and other related queries, Google Search shows if there are any Notices or restrictions related to COVID-19 in this area. Now they are also adding more details that you may need before finalizing your travel plans. You’ll see things like details of travel restrictions, quarantine information if necessary, or if you need to provide proof of immunization or test results. You will have to scroll down the results to see the information highlighted with the red COVID-19 alert button.
If you would like to receive updated information on whether the warnings or restrictions will be lifted or modified. You must log in to your Google account and you must activate the option “Receive an email of changes to this guide”. Updates will be country specific and if you are looking for information within the US, there will be state specific information available. For example, if you search for “hotels in Bangkok” it will tell you that “a 10-day quarantine is required on arrival.”
Before this pandemic, you probably visited google.com/travel a lot and you won’t see a redesigned Explore tab there. They have added smaller cities and national parks, and you can filter destinations based on your interests, such as the outdoors, beaches, or skiing. You will also see information about travel restrictions when searching for a certain destination. You will also see things like hotels, things to do, best time to visit, etc.
Lastly, Google Maps can now help you figure out the best ways to stop on your road trip. Just write your final destination on your desktop and choose what kind of places you would like to visit, such as hotels, parks, camps, etc. Then you can add the stops you want to take and then send the instructions to your phone via text message. , email or directly to the Google Maps application. While traveling, you can make changes, add new stops, or delete previously scheduled stops.