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COVID-19 Travel Information Worldwide

We have collected the most relevant statistics for travellers to evaluate related health risk, pandemic curves per country, travel restrictions.
 

I. Worldwide infections/deaths per capita

Timelines based on new deaths per capita may be particularly useful for assessing health related risks for travellers (see Which COVID-19 statistics are most relevant for travellers?)
Below you find daily updated statistics based on data from the European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and “Our World in Data”.
World Map: Daily new confirmed deaths due to COVID-19 per million people
Most popular language travel destinations: Timeline of confirmed deaths due to COVID-19 per million people
Most popular language travel destinations: Timeline of confirmed infections with COVID-19 per million people
COVID-19 regional distribution
Different regions within a country may have been affected to vastly different degrees by Covid 19. Urban areas with high population density tend to be affected on average stronger and earlier. It seems regions in colder climates tend to be affected stronger on average than warmer regions. Regions that have been affected earlier and stronger may not necessarily pose the highest current risk as some heavily affected regions may already be in a later stage of the pandemic curve.
COVID-19 Case fatality rates by age
COVID-19 Case fatality rates by age 

II. Travel restrictions

Travel restrictions: Countries implementing a global travel ban
Consult also excellent up to date information on travel restrictions per country at Kayak.com.
 

III. School closures

The graphs below are based on public schools. In some countries different regulations may apply for private schools, such as language schools.
School closures: Worldwide
School closures: Worldwide
Country-wide school closures. School closures just in some regions with high infection rates. No school closures. Unknown.
 

IV. Country Updates - Information for international travellers

Argentina
  • As of the 1st of November, Argentina will reopen its borders to all passengers. All passengers must present a vaccine certificate and proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 upon arrival. The required test cannot be older than 72 hours before entry. All passengers are required to perform a PCR test 5 to 7 days after arriving in Argentina.
  • Hygiene measures: According to national laws and recommendations, all schools are subject to following a protocol for cleaning and disinfection. Students have to maintain a distance of 2 metres in the classroom and the school in general and they have to wash and disinfect their hands often and thoroughly; hand sanitizers are provided in all rooms and in the common areas. The use of masks is obligatory.
  • Accommodation: shared rooms are not available at the moment due to the distancing rules, but single rooms are available in residences.
Last revision/update: 22 November 2021
Australia
  • Australia’s borders are closed. States and territories can apply their own restrictions, including closing their state borders and additional quarantine requirements.
  • Following the latest safety guidelines and restrictions imposed by the Australian authorities, all schools in Australia are offering online lessons, to remain in place until further notice.
Last revision/update: 22 November 2021
Canada
  • As of the 5th of July 2021, Study Permit holders who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to quarantine at a designated hotel upon arrival.
  • As of the 7th of September 2021, fully vaccinated foreign nationals, including language students, may enter Canada holding an eTA or a Study Permit.
  • All passengers must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19. The required test cannot be older than 72 hours prior to entry. Non-vaccinated travellers must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Canada.
  • Hygiene measures: According to national laws and recommendations, all schools are subject to follow a protocol for cleaning and disinfection. Students have to maintain a distance of 2 metres in the classroom and the school in general and they have to wash and disinfect their hands often and thoroughly; hand sanitizers are provided in all rooms and in the common areas. The use of masks is obligatory.
  • Accommodation: shared rooms are not available at the moment due to the distancing rules, but single rooms are available in residences.
Last revision/update: 22 November 2021
Costa Rica
  • As of the 1st of November 2020 Costa Rica has reopened its borders without any quarantine restrictions to all travelers.
  • Hygiene measures: According to national laws and recommendations, all schools are subject to follow a protocol for cleaning and disinfection. Students have to maintain a distance of 2 metres in the classroom and the school in general and they have to wash and disinfect their hands often and thoroughly; hand sanitizers are provided in all rooms and in the common areas. The use of masks is obligatory.
  • Accommodation: shared rooms are not available at the moment due to the distancing rules, but single rooms are available in residences.
Last revision/update: 22 November 2021
England UK
  • As of the 4th of October, the UK will move from a traffic light system to a list of red countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world. The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status.
  • If you are fully vaccinated and travelling to England from a non-red list country, you are required to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test  (to be taken after arrival in England), complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive, and take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England. All passengers must be fully vaccinated with an authorized vaccine in the UK, Europe, or the USA.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated and travelling to England from an amber list country, you must take a pre-departure COVID-19 test (the required test cannot be older than 72 hours before entry), quarantine for 10 days after your arrival, and take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8.
  • If you are travelling to England from a red list country, regardless of your vaccination status, you must take a pre-departure COVID-19 test (the required test cannot be older than 72 hours before entry), book a quarantine hotel package, and take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8.
  • Red list of countries and territories: there are currently no countries or territories on the red list for travel to England.
  • Hygiene measures: According to national laws and recommendations, all schools are subject to follow a protocol for cleaning and disinfection. Students have to maintain a distance of 2 metres in the class and school in general and they have to wash and disinfect their hands often and thoroughly; hand sanitizers are provided in all rooms and in the common areas. The use of masks is obligatory.
Last revision/update: 22 November 2021
France
  • As of the 1st of July 2021, the EU Digital COVID Certificate holders will be allowed to enter the country without being subject to the COVID-19 test and self-isolation requirements.
  • Travellers who are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) such as Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), or AstraZeneca (Covishield) are allowed to enter France.
  • There are no restrictions for travel to Metropolitan France from the European Union Member States, Andorra, the Vatican, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Comoros Islands, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, and Vanuatu. If you are vaccinated you are not subjected to any health measures. If you are not vaccinated you must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19. The required test cannot be older than 72 hours prior to entry. If you are travelling from Romania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, or Lithuania, your test must be taken less than 24 hours before the flight.
  • France has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals who are not fully vaccinated and have passed through or have been in Afghanistan, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Georgia, Iran, Moldova, Montenegro, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Suriname, and Turkey.
  • Hygiene measures: According to national laws and recommendations, all schools are subject to follow a protocol for cleaning and disinfection. Students have to maintain a distance of 1 metre in the classroom and the school in general and they have to wash and disinfect their hands often and thoroughly; hand sanitizers are provided in all rooms and in the common areas. The use of masks is obligatory.
Last revision/update: 22 November 2021
Germany
  • As of the 1st of July 2021, the EU Digital COVID Certificate holders will be allowed to enter the country without being subject to the COVID-19 test and self-isolation requirements.
  • Travelling to and from the EU Member States, States associated with Schengen (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein), Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Jordan, Macao, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, and Uruguay is allowed without restrictions. All passengers arriving in Germany must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19. The required test cannot be older than 48 hours prior to entry. Quarantine regulations may apply to travelers arriving from high-risk areas.
  • Hygiene measures: According to national laws and recommendations, all schools are subject to follow a protocol for cleaning and disinfection. Students have to maintain a distance of 1 metre in the classroom and the school in general and they have to wash and disinfect their hands often and thoroughly; hand sanitizers are provided in all rooms and in the common areas. The use of masks is obligatory.
Last revision/update: 22 November 2021
Greece
  • As of the 1st of July 2021, the EU Digital COVID Certificate holders will be allowed to enter the country without being subject to the COVID-19 test and self-isolation requirements.
  • Those traveling from the European Union Member States and countries that are parties to the Schengen Agreement, Albania, Armenia, Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrein, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Oman, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, and Uruguay are allowed to enter the country without restrictions. All visitors must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19. The required test cannot be older than 72 hours prior to entry.
  • In public, people must stay 1.5 metres apart and it's mandatory to wear a mask in public transport and public spaces.
  • Hygiene measures: According to national laws and recommendations, all schools are subject to follow a protocol for cleaning and disinfection. Students have to maintain a distance in the classroom and the school in general and they have to wash and disinfect their hands often and thoroughly; hand sanitizers are provided in all rooms and in the common areas. The use of masks is recommended.
Last revision/update: 22 November 2021
Ireland
  • As of the 19th of July 2021, the EU Digital COVID Certificate holders will be allowed to enter the country without being subject to the COVID-19 test and self-isolation requirements.
  • Passengers arriving into Ireland from outside the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to quarantine upon arrival. Non-vaccinated travellers must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19. The required test cannot be older than 72 hours prior to entry. All non-vaccinated travellers must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Ireland.
  • Hygiene measures: According to national laws and recommendations, all schools are subject to follow a protocol for cleaning and disinfection. Students have to maintain a distance of 1 metre in the classroom and the school in general and they have to wash and disinfect their hands often and thoroughly; hand sanitizers are provided in all rooms and in the common areas. The use of masks is obligatory.
  • Accommodation: shared rooms are not available at the moment due to the distancing rules, but single rooms are available in residences.
Last revision/update: 22 November 2021
Italy
  • As of the 1st of July 2021, the EU Digital COVID Certificate holders will be allowed to enter the country without being subject to the COVID-19 test and self-isolation requirements.
  • Passengers traveling from San Marino and Vatican City are allowed to enter the country without restrictions.
  • Travelling from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, and Principality of Monaco is allowed without restrictions. All passengers arriving in Italy must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19. The required test cannot be older than 48 hours prior to entry.
  • Passengers traveling from Saudi Arabia, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Israel, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Korea, Singapore, United States of America, Ukraine, Uruguay, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao Special Administrative Regions and the States are allowed to enter the country without restrictions and must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19. The required test cannot be older than 72 hours prior to entry.
  • Passengers traveling from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19. The required test cannot be older than 48 hours prior to entry.
  • Hygiene measures: According to national laws and recommendations, all schools are subject to following a protocol for cleaning and disinfection. Students have to maintain a distance of 1 metre in the classroom and school in general and they have to wash and disinfect their hands often and thoroughly; hand sanitizers are provided in all rooms and in the common areas. The use of masks is obligatory.
Last revision/update: 22 November 2021
Japan
  • Japan has restricted the entry of travelers who have been in various countries around the world in the past 14 days. These restricted countries include: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Fiji, Canada, United States of America, Argentina, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vatican, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates.
  • All travelers must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Japan.
  • In public, people must stay 1.8 metres apart and it's mandatory to wear a mask. It’s also recommended by the World Health Organisation.
  • Hygiene measures: According to national laws and recommendations, all schools are subject to follow a protocol for cleaning and disinfection. Students have to maintain a distance of 1.8 metres in the classroom and the school in general and they have to wash and disinfect their hands often and constantly; hand sanitizers are provided in all rooms and in the common areas. The use of masks is obligatory.
  • Accommodation: shared rooms are not available at the moment due to the distancing rules, but single rooms are available in residences.
Last revision/update: 22 November 2021
Malta
  • As of the 1st of July 2021, the EU Digital COVID Certificate holders will be allowed to enter the country without being subject to the COVID-19 test and self-isolation requirements.
  • As of the 16th of August, all English Language Schools may operate with fully vaccinated students. All students are required to present a recognized vaccination certificate.
  • Passengers may travel to Malta from the countries listed below, provided they are in possession of a valid vaccination certificate showing that that person has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if aged 12 years of age or over: Albania, Andorra, Argentina​, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan​, ​​​Bahrain, Belarus, Belize​, ​Belgium, ​Bermuda​, Bhutan​, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands​, Chile​, Cape Verde​​​, China (including Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong), Colombia, Croatia​, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea​​​​, Estonia, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia​, India, Iran​, Ireland, ​Iraq​, Israel, Jamaica​, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Laos​, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritania​, Maldives​, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia​, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway​, Oman, Panama​, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis​, Sao Tome and Principe​, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor​, Trinidad and Tobago​, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, United States of America​, Vatican City, and Vietnam.
  • Hygiene measures: According to national laws and recommendations, all schools are subject to follow a protocol for cleaning and disinfection. Students have to maintain a distance of 2 metres in the classroom and the school in general and they have to wash and disinfect their hands often and thoroughly; hand sanitizers are provided in all rooms and in the common areas. The use of masks is obligatory.
Last revision/update: 22 November 2021
Mexico
  • Mexico has not implemented any entry restrictions, but travelers arriving from countries affected by coronavirus are subject to restrictions related to the epidemiological situation of the country of origin and are subject to quarantine restrictions.
  • A completed "cuestionario de identificación de factores de riesgo en viajeros" must be presented to the authorities upon arrival.
  • The land borders between the US and Mexico are closed to all nonessential visitors.
  • In public, people must stay 1 metre apart and it's mandatory to wear a mask. This is recommended by the World Health Organisation.
  • Hygiene measures: all schools are subject to follow a protocol on cleaning and disinfection, according to national laws and recommendations. Students have to maintain a distance of 1 metre in the classroom and the school in general and they have to wash and disinfect their hands often and thoroughly; hand sanitizers are provided in all rooms and in the common areas. The use of masks is obligatory.
  • Accommodation: shared rooms are not available at the moment due to the distancing rules, but single rooms are available in residences.
Last revision/update: 22 November 2021
New Zealand
  • New Zealand’s borders are closed to most travelers and entry is strictly controlled.
  • Following the latest safety guidelines and restrictions imposed by New Zealand’s authorities, all schools in New Zealand are offering online lessons, to remain in place until further notice.
Last revision/update: 22 November 2021
Portugal
  • As of the 1st of July 2021, the EU Digital COVID Certificate holders will be allowed to enter the country without being subject to the COVID-19 test and self-isolation requirements.
  • Portugal has opened borders for residents in the European Union, countries that are parties to the Schengen Agreement, and passengers traveling from Brazil, the United Kingdom, the United StatesSaudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Kuwait, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, China Popular Republic, Rwanda, Singapore, Ukraine, Uruguay, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan.
  • Hygiene measures: According to national laws and recommendations, all schools are subject to follow a protocol for cleaning and disinfection. Students have to maintain a distance of 2 metres in the classroom and the school in general and they have to wash and disinfect their hands often and constantly; hand sanitizers are provided in all rooms and in the common areas. The use of masks is obligatory.
Last revision/update: 22 November 2021
Russia
  • Russian’s borders are closed to most travellers and entry is strictly controlled.
  • Following the Russian authorities' latest safety guidelines and restrictions, all schools in Russia are offering online lessons to remain in place until further notice.
Last revision/update: 22 November 2021
Scotland
  • As of the 4th of October, the UK will move from a traffic light system to a list of red countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world. The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status.
  • If you are fully vaccinated and travelling to Scotland from a non-red list country, you are required to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test  (to be taken after arrival in England), complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive, and take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England. All passengers must be fully vaccinated with an authorized vaccine in the UK, Europe, or the USA.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated and travelling to Scotland from an amber list country, you must take a pre-departure COVID-19 test (the required test cannot be older than 72 hours before entry), quarantine for 10 days after your arrival, and take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8.
  • If you are travelling to Scotland from a red list country, regardless of your vaccination status, you must take a pre-departure COVID-19 test (the required test cannot be older than 72 hours before entry), book a quarantine hotel package, and take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8.
  • Red list of countries and territories: there are currently no countries or territories on the red list for travel to Scotland.
  • Hygiene measures: According to national laws and recommendations, all schools are subject to follow a protocol for cleaning and disinfection. Students have to maintain a distance of 2 metres in the classroom and the school in general and they have to wash and disinfect their hands often and constantly; hand sanitizers are provided in all rooms and in the common areas. The use of masks is obligatory.
Last revision/update: 22 November 2021
South Korea
  • South Korea’s borders are closed to most travelers and entry is strictly controlled.
  • Students who are planning to travel to South Korea are required to apply for a short-term visa (C-3 Visa) or a long-term visa (H-1 Visa) as the South Korean government has temporarily stopped visa-free entry for some nationalities.
  • All passengers arriving in South Korea must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. All passengers must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19. The required test cannot be older than 72 hours prior to entry. All travelers must also complete Health Declaration Forms and Special Quarantine Declaration Forms through a self-diagnosis app.
  • In public people must stay 2 metres apart and it's mandatory to wear a mask. This is recommended by the World Health Organisation.
  • Hygiene measures: According to national laws and recommendations, all schools are subject to follow a protocol for cleaning and disinfection. Students have to maintain a distance of 2 metres in the classroom and the school in general and they have to wash and disinfect their hands often and thoroughly; hand sanitizers are provided in all rooms and in the common areas. The use of masks is obligatory.
Last revision/update: 22 November 2021
Spain
  • There are no restrictions for those traveling to Spain from the European Union Member States and countries that are parties to the Schengen Agreement. Traveling to and from Argentina, Australia, Bahréin, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Jordan, Kuwait, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan is allowed without restrictions.
  • As of the 1st of July 2021, the EU Digital COVID Certificate holders will be allowed to enter the country without being subject to the COVID-19 test and self-isolation requirements.
  • Hygiene measures: According to national laws and recommendations, all schools are subject to follow a protocol for cleaning and disinfection. Students have to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres in classrooms and on school premises and it is enforced to wash and disinfect hands often and thoroughly; hand sanitizers are provided in all rooms and the common areas. The use of masks is obligatory.
  • Accommodation: shared rooms are not available at the moment due to the distancing rules, but single rooms are available in residences.
Last revision/update: 22 November 2021
USA
  • The Whitehouse announced that beginning November, all non-US citizens flying to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated, as follows: two-dose vaccinations: Pfizer, Moderna, or one dose vaccination: Johnson and Johnson. All passengers must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19. The required test cannot be older than 72 hours before entry.
  • Fully vaccinated students are required to submit the vaccination certificate and are allowed to join in-person classes immediately. Non-vaccinated students will be required to quarantine for 10 days. However, if a student receives a negative test result upon taking a PCR test at arrival, the quarantine period will be shortened from 10 days to 7 days. Students can participate in their in-person classes after the quarantine period ends.
  • Hygiene measures: According to national laws and recommendations, all schools are subject to follow a protocol for cleaning and disinfection. Students have to maintain a distance of 2 metres in the classroom and the school in general and they have to wash and disinfect their hands often and thoroughly; hand sanitizers are provided in all rooms and in the common areas. The use of masks is obligatory.
Last revision/update: 22 November 2021
Top destinations for learning English by lowest number of daily new Covid 19 infections per 100.000 people (updated every week):
  • New Zealand 3.34
  • Australia 5.27
  • Canada 7.39
  • Malta 15.31
  • USA 38.77
  • Ireland 62.78
  • England UK 65.73
  • Scotland 65.73
Top destinations for learning Spanish by lowest number of daily new Covid 19 infections per 100.000 people (updated every week):
  • Mexico 3.01
  • Argentina 3.33
  • Costa Rica 3.91
  • Spain 14.2
 

V. Which COVID-19 statistics are most relevant for travellers?

For assessing travel related risks the following points should be considered when reading statistics:
Per capita data instead of total country data:
Most statistics provide numbers simply aggregated by country instead of per capita data per country. Consequently risks in countries with smaller populations may be underestimated compared to risks in countries with larger populations.
Deaths instead of confirmed cases/infections:
Due to limited testing capacities in many countries only a fraction of patients with symptoms are actually tested. Moreover, countries engaging in effective identification of contacts of positively tested patients will consequently identify many cases that may go undetected in countries without such effective identification and notification of contacts. While this will lead to higher numbers of confirmed cases, it will in fact reduce the infection risk for the individual and the population. Regarding reported deaths it is important to consider that most countries count in their statistics deaths with Covid 19, instead of deaths because of Covid 19. This means statistics may count some deaths because of other reasons but which were tested positive on Covid-19. Despite challenges in the attribution of cause of deaths, the number of deaths as an indicator seems much more reliable and more meaningful for comparing risks in different countries, than counts of infections. The downside of looking at “confirmed deaths” as an indicator is that it comes with some weeks of delay compared to data on confirmed infections. Therefore observations of trends are even more important when looking at data of deaths.
New deaths/cases instead data aggregated over all time:
Different countries are at different points at the curve of the pandemic at any given time. Countries such as China have a large number of aggregated cases, while the number of new infections is actually very low these days. One may, therefore, underestimate the risk in countries with increasing numbers of cases compared to countries with decreasing numbers of cases.
Graph with time lines of historic data instead of single point data:
Data presented in time lines will inform about the curve of the epidemic in a given country and give clues on the potential future development.
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