Google search now highlights travel advisories amidst global pandemic

By Arhama Altaf - Web Editor

25th March, 2020

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many people suffer cancelled travel plans.

However, if your trip did not cancel, Google makes it easier to see if there are trip advisories for your destination.

Google advisories will also help you locate current and up-to-date cancellation policies for airlines.

When you search for flights, hotels or other things, you’ll soon see travel advisories or restrictions for your destination.

This info will appear on the search results page, at the top of google.com/travel and in Google Maps when you search for hotels.

Google will also link to relevant information from your country’s travel authority.

When you search on Google for flights with a specific airline or visit Google Flights, Google will direct you to a Help Center article with info on fare flexibility.

At the moment, that shows links to most major airlines’ policies, which may outline adjusted change fees or cancellation policies.

Google warns that this info may change frequently.

Ideally, you won’t need to travel any time soon, but if you try to cancel or reschedule plans you made before the coronavirus pandemic, this could be useful.

If you booked a stay with Airbnb, the company allows no-penalty cancellations for stays and Experiences made on or before March 14th, with check-in dates between March 14th and April 14th, where normal business could resume as soon as April 1st.

Again, that can be very clutch given the current circumstances.


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