Although there was already hope for post-Corona travel, it appears we may just have to deal with Corona travel instead. As the talk about the second wave of the Coronavirus increases, countries in Europe and across the world are beginning to close borders again or impose restrictions, and it seems that 2020 may, indeed, be a write-off when it comes to long-distance motorcycle travel. While overlanding appears to be seen more favorably than flying and connecting in crowded airports, we may not regain the complete freedom to roam the world we had until now.
To help travelers navigate the Corona travel world, there is a new website out there called Flatten the Curve Global. The resource provides up-to-date information on which countries are imposing which restrictions, which borders are open, and where can you still travel freely. As you check the website for information, however, don’t forget to check your own, country, too. As an example, you may be allowed to enter country X, but only transit via country Y, while your own country Z may require you to self-isolate for a period of time after coming back from either X or Y. If you are flying and riding, be extra careful: as an example, Iceland has a policy where you’re allowed into the country if you test negative for COVID-19 upon arrival, but have to self-isolate for 14 days if someone who was on the same plane as you tested positive.
The world map is getting more and more complicated and Corona travel is certainly not as straightforward as it used to be. Before the vaccine is developed or the pandemic truly ends, we may just have to stay in our own countries or travel extra slowly.
Are you staying put or venturing out for the summer/fall of 2020? Share your thoughts in the comments below.