Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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The impact of Covid-19 is familiar to us all and we recognise the disruption it’s caused not only to the world but to you as individuals too. 

We are here for you if you need us, but due to the volume of queries it will take longer than usual. You should receive a response in 3-5 days, so please don’t worry if there’s a delay, we are working through every single message. 

This page will be updated regularly, as we receive new information, so do keep it bookmarked if you have upcoming travel plans.  

You all make up an incredible community and we’re pretty sure you don’t need reminding, but please treat others with kindness. Let’s show each other the same respect as we would at any other time and understand that we have a responsibility to the world.   

Keeping hostels safe: 

We are constantly seeking advice and reviewing our processes as Covid-19 evolves. We recognise how important it is to contain the virus, so we are asking the hostels on our site to follow their government’s guidelines. This means extra cleaning, hand sanitisation, social distancing (in both rooms and social areas) rules are all being followed. If we discover a hostel is not following the required guidelines we will investigate and may remove them from Hostelworld. 

Where can I get accurate Covid-19 travel information? 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) – General travel advice and Coronavirus updates 

For specific destinations we recommend checking your government’s advice: 

Australia 

Brazil 

Canada 

China 

France 

Germany 

Italy 

Ireland 

Japan 

Philippines

Portugal 

New Zealand 

Singapore 

South Korea 

Spain 

Thailand 

United Kingdom 

United States 

Are you concerned that you have Coronavirus? 

First off, check whether you have the widely reported symptoms. If you do, we shouldn’t need to tell you that it’s a good idea not to travel. You should minimise any risk to others, and self-isolate.  

Whether you are showing symptoms or not, the advice across impacted countries is to self-isolate, so please be conscious of this and do all you can to contain the virus.  

Hostels need to keep backpackers safe, so please understand they may ask you to make alternative plans.   

What if the hostel cancels my booking? 

The hostel won’t have made this decision without good reason. Keeping everyone healthy, happy and safe is the priority. If your booking was cancelled by the hostel, contact us here and our team can support. 

Have your booking details handy and check your cancellation policy. You can see this in your Hostelworld account, or on the email confirmation. Once you have this info, follow the steps below for your booking type. 

Cancelling/Changing bookings

You can cancel or amend your booking through your account, if you have any problems or questions concerning your booking please contact us here. 

Are you stranded in another country? 

We’re lucky to work with an incredibly kind community of hostels around the world who are offering free beds stranded travellers. If you’re struggling for cash or looking for a safe place to stay away from home, check out our Beds for Backpackers page. 

 

 

 

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