US states covered initially but international destinations will be added in weeks
United Airlines launches COVID-19 restrictions interactive map built by Smartvel
Destination content provider Smartvel and United Airlines have launched an interactive map tool highlighting COVID-19 travel restrictions.
The Destination Travel Guide, which is available on united.com and the United mobile app, uses colour-coding to designated whether destinations are closed, open, or partially open. It also highlights if any tests or self-quarantining is required for travel.
Users can filter destinations to view local regulations, such as social distancing and mask enforcement, as well as to see if hotels, restaurants and other leisure outlets are open to the public.
The Smartvel tool to provides real-time information to help United Airlines customers decide where to travel next.
It says customers can compare and shop for travel “with greater confidence” and find the destinations that best fit their preferences
Iñigo Valenzuela, Smartvel chief executive and founder, said: “As a travel tech company focused on content, our AI technology helped power this tool, which includes the latest travel restrictions and leisure options available, using only official sources, key partnerships, and our experience as content curators and program development skills.
“We are happy to be able to help a company like United keep their customers informed on the ever-changing destination information as they plan their travels.”
The Destination Travel Guide currently only provides information on US states but will expand to include all international destinations the airline serves in the coming weeks.
Customers viewing the color-coded map can click on each state to view local regulations and travel guidances.
There is also the option to filter the map by state to view specific information on each destination, including:
- Medical certificate needed (such as negative COVID test);
- Non-essential shops open;
- Tourism accommodation open;
- Restaurants open;
- Bars and cafes open;
- Museum and heritage sites open;
- Mask in public required;
- Physical distancing required.