Kayak Answers, “Can I Travel to…?”


Admittedly, it’s becoming silly to write about trips that I won’t be taking (see No Vegas for TPOL). Yesterday, while feeling the confines of my incarceration and the effects of my Manhattan, I let my mind dream about an exodus from this island. I had my sights set on the ‘Stans of the world. Sober, I decided to check the travel restrictions to Uzbekistan. I saw contradictory information and almost gave up. That’s when I came across Kayak’s Can I Travel to page. It looks like an infected version of TPOL’s Where I’ve Been page. Based on the information provided, I can transit through UAE or Turkey and need a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival. From there, the trail went cold. Searching for Kazakhstan as the destination, I could not find any information. I could only find restrictions if Kazakhstan was my origin. Old TPOL may have pressed forward but at this point, I gave up for three reasons: 1) Assume that each of the ‘Stans, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, requires a PCR test. Who wants to coordinate or do that at least 5 times? 2) In normal times, visa restrictions would be a pain for a few of those countries. Imagine going through the hassle of getting a visa now only to be denied entry because of a new COVID requirement. 3) Assuming I avoided past visa pitfalls that have befallen me (see Visas), what if I tested positive, despite receiving the vaccine, in the middle of my journey? I could only imagine the hassle it would be to accommodate what would otherwise be a great adventure.

My tea’s gone cold I’m wondering why I
Got out of bed at all
The morning rain clouds up my window
And I can’t see at all
And even if I could it’ll all be gray
Put your picture on my wall
It reminds me, that it’s not so bad
It’s not so bad

Dear Stan: Don’t Drink & Travel Plan.


  1. Maps like this are minimally helpful because they have wide swathes of “yellow” countries where Americans can enter with a wide variety of conditions which range from minimal to practically impossible. For example Italy and Sri Lanka are both “Yellow” countries but all I need to enter Italy is a vaccination and Sri Lanka I need to quarantine which is effectively a bar to entry for most people.

    I would much prefer a map which shows me which countries are open without a quarantine to vaccinated people, and be able to determine at a glance whether or not I can actually travel there for pleasure, without having to read the details of every country in the world.

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