Following the FCO’s downgrading of advice regarding non-essential travel on Friday 3 July, and confirmation of countries with ‘quarantine exemptions’ on return to the UK, the world is beginning to open up to British travellers.
However, with 59 destinations across Europe, various Asia-Pacific countries, Canada (but not the United States) as well as a handful of British Overseas Territories on the ‘green’ list, it can be confusing and complicated for consumers to understand what exactly that means in practical terms.
To help travellers, Europe’s leading multi-modal travel booking platform Omio is reigniting travel by launching a new interactive discovery tool to help users find answers by providing easy access to the latest available insights, as they cross borders, change flights, buses, trains and ferries or move within national regions which may be operating according to varying standards.
According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)*, by 23rd June 22% of all destinations worldwide had started to ease restrictions, with Europe leading the way. 65% of all destinations worldwide however continue to have their borders completely closed to international tourism.
Omio’s Open Travel Index allows users to gain insight into how different countries have responded to the pandemic, and how quickly the travel restrictions are being lifted. For example, users can see at a glance:
Justin Wang, Director of Brand at Omio says: ‘’As travel makes its comeback, Omio has recognised its own responsibility to help not just its customers but the industry as a whole. We wanted to create a tool knowing that each country is working at their own pace to lift restrictions, and the first question on everyone’s minds is ‘’Where can I go safely?’’ With so much information out there being updated at different times, we hope the Omio Open Travel Index will help travellers feel confident and safe to travel, and most importantly inspire travel in our hearts again.’’
Within the providers’ section, travellers will be able to review specific measures that might apply across more than 50 travel providers, such as compulsory wearing of face masks, or certification of fitness for travel. Safety measures put in place by providers along with updated booking and cancellation policies will also be held on the hub, updated weekly, to make it as simple as possible for people to get back on the move with confidence.
Omio will be leveraging its travel planning platform, Rome2rio, for its proven expertise in sourcing, curating and synthesising transport data worldwide. Given the changeable nature of travel restrictions at this time, Rome2rio has expanded its focus to collect the latest country restriction and safety measure information within Europe. They have built the data to understand country-to-country dependencies in order to help the customer easily understand how this impacts them. Rome2rio will be updating the information on a regular basis to ensure results are timely and accurate enabling travellers to make informed decisions. They plan to expand this information globally in the coming weeks.
Safe travel with less stress
All bookings can be managed via a personal login to the app, with a friendly customer service team on hand to help during the booking journey. Wang continues: “Omio offers contactless payment and mobile ticket delivery, it also offers a delightful customer experience - everything you would expect from a first-class online booking system, such as seat reservations and travel alerts. Omio continues to provide enhanced information in an easily-digestible format to give travellers confidence as face masks and hand sanitiser become the definitive travel essentials of the future.”
To view more, discover Omio here.