The new tool responds to a user’s location or a chosen point of origin to give updated information on entry restrictions worldwide.
With the pandemic situation still changing by the day, it’s proving difficult to keep track of ever-evolving rules and guidelines for international travel. Cue a new interactive map created by Toronto-based tech company Sherpa, a startup that specializes in aggregating travel identification requirements for airlines and other brands. This useful online tool makes it easier for all of us to navigate the post-Covid travel landscape.
Sherpa’s map employs a color-coded system based on the latest entry rules of each jurisdiction. A great majority of countries in the Asia-Pacific region are classified as pink, which means that entry is restricted for international travelers. Yellow denotes areas where there is mandatory testing and quarantine, while light green stands for those that are open for travel with restrictions (for instance, quarantine may be required for passengers arriving from certain places). Countries highlighted in dark green indicate that no restrictions are placed on international visitors.
By default, the colors of the map are set depending on where one is accessing the website from, but it’s also possible to change the point of origin and specify an intended destination. According to Sherpa, residents of Singapore currently enjoy restriction-free access to 10 countries around the world. These include Pakistan, Tanzania, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Over in Europe, it’s theoretically possible to visit Albania, along with five nations in the E.U.: Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands, Slovenia, and Spain.
Hovering over each country reveals a summary of the rules for arrivals (like whether a pre-departure coronavirus test is required), while clicking on the country opens a pop-up box with further details. For example, travelers from Singapore must fill out a mandatory passenger locator form in the case of Spain, and a health declaration form for the Netherlands. But it’s also wise to cross-check the information with guidelines from any given destination. In the case of the Netherlands, Sherpa does not mention a universal requirement posted by the Dutch government to self-quarantine for 10 days.
Of course, all this doesn’t mean that you should plan on going abroad in the near future. For our readers in the Lion City, the Singapore government has advised against all non-essential travel outside its Reciprocal Green Lane arrangements with some countries. Hopefully global progress in vaccine rollouts and new travel bubbles will see an increasing number of countries moving from pink and yellow to light or even dark green over the coming months.
Check out the map here.