We've been asked to review an app named TravelWatch. The aim of this app is to give you the latest travel restrictions, as provided by official site IATA.
Furthermore, you will get travel advisories, you have a dedicated section with travel deals, a currency calculator, travel tipping guidelines for each country and worldwide local times in many countries.
We've tested all these features, and we will tell you what we think about them.
What we think
What we like about this app is that it is easy to use, you have a good overview and you know immediately where to push to get the desired information.
The main feature of the app are TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
This can be very handy now or in the near future, when traveling slowly restarts again after the Covid-19 pandemic. Before you plan your trip, you would of course like to know to which country you will be able to travel without any restrictions.
Under “travel restrictions” you find a list with countries. When you click on a country you can see the travel restrictions provided by IATA. You may as well search for a specific country if you don't like to scroll down to the one you are looking for.
When you click on a country you can see in a summary if borders are open or closed, and there below you will see the details.
As we said this can be very useful, and with this app those informations can be found very quickly. However, the information you find needs to be always up to date.
We tried with Germany. The app says “Germany has relaxed its entry restrictions for travelers arriving from the European Economic Area.”
“Relaxed” can mean many things, so that's not very accurate, if you look on www.auswaertiges-amt.de, you will see that other countries outside the EU may enter Germany as well.
From www.auswaertiges-amt.de :
Third countries without travel restrictions
From 2 July 2020, unrestricted travel to Germany is once again possible from the following third countries with low rates of infection:
- New Zealand
Again you can find a list of countries with a rating from 0 to 5. Where 0 is “low risk” and 5 “Extreme Warning”. The idea of a rating is not bad, but it's difficult to understand how this rating was done and on what evidence the countries are “rated”.
For example Switzerland is a 4 and Brazil a 3.6. We think most people would definitely feel safer in Switzerland for the moment than in Brazil, taking into consideration the current Covid-19 outbreak as well as criminal statistics overall.
Furthermore, when you look at the IATA homepage you can see that the last update for Germany is from July, 3, the last update on TravelWatch however is from July, 2.
CURRENCY EXCHANGE & WORLD TIME
Those two features are nice to have, but you would probably be faster when you use Google…
TIPS BY COUNTRY
Actually we liked that feature. We already encountered a few times a situation where we asked ourselves how much tip is expected, for example when sitting in a taxi or in a restaurant. Google isn't a quick alternative here. We tried that too and it takes some time to find useful information.
Here you will find a collection of different pages that are posting travel deals, that could of course be useful but shouldn't be the main reason for installing TravelWatch.
We really like the idea of the app to have all the travel restrictions easy and fast to find in one place. The app is easy to use, and we liked the “tips by country” section.
“Currency exchange” and “World Time” is superfluous in our opinion as you would be quicker by just using Google but is still a solid feature.
This app could be very useful and the idea as such is great. However, it has to be up to date, otherwise you could get wrong information on travel restrictions. Furthermore, we didn't really understand the need of “travel advisory”, as you will get similar information under “travel restrictions”, in addition with a rating scale which isn't really that useful.