Impacts of COVID-19 on Transport, Logistics, Tourism, and Life, and Measures/Policies

Created on March 27, 2020

updated on April 30, 2020

Since late March 2020, Our lab has been helping WCTRS to address the impacts of COVID-19 and propose emergent and long-term policy measures/strategies. Details: here.

Now, the whole world is facing various challenges (e.g., lockdown, restrictions of trip making, closure of schools and businesses) from the COVID-19 pandemic, declared by WHO on March 11, 2020, when more than 125,300 cases (4,981 deaths) over the world and more than 81,000 cases (3,176 deaths) in China were identified. As of April 30 [Novemver 3], 2020 (, 3,193,961 [46,956,060] infected cases and 227,644 [1,207,768] deaths were confirmed. Such a threat to public health is actually not the first case in human history. The recent examples include the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2019, the Ebola hemorrhagic fever in West Africa in 2014, the H1N1 influenza virus in 2009, the 2005-2016 Zika fever, and SARS in 2003. However, it seems that our human society has not well learned the lessons we experienced in the past.

Here, both global and domestic information about the impacts of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on transport, logistics, tourism, and daily life as well as relevant policies/measures are summarized. The information will be updated.

COVID-19General MeasuresOpen Research Data
Border transportAviationWaterway and maritime
Intercity railway/busUrban transportFreight transport & logistics
Daily lifeGlobal transportThe built environment
Transport measuresJapanChina
WCTRS COVID-19 Task ForceSuggestionsRelevant research in our lab
TweetCOVID-19 Research Outputs

A nation-wide questionnaire survey on the impacts of COVID-19 in Japan (1,052 persons were interviewed)

Along with this information collection activity, our lab implemented a nation-wide questionnaire survey about the impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on transport and life in Japan in March 2020. In this survey, we asked respondents to report changes in their daily activity-travel behavior, long-distance trips, other life activities before and after the Coronavirus event, as well as their attitudes/opinions. A part of the results (1052 persons from the whole country) is shown below.

WCTRS COVID-19 Task Force

Current Members of the WCTRS COVID-19 Task Force (COVID-TF)


  • Yoshitsugu Hayashi, Immediate Ex-President of WCTRS; & Director, Center for Sustainable Development and Global Smart City, Chubu University, Japan


  • Junyi Zhang, Prof., Mobilities and Urban Policy Lab, Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering; Director of ASMO Center, Hiroshima University, Japan


  • Tae Oum, President of WCTRS; Emeritus Prof., University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Werner Rothengatter, Ex-President of WCTRS, Emeritus Prof., Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Contact person

1) Junyi Zhang, Co-Chair of WCTRS COVID-TF

2) Prof. Yoshitsugu Hayashi , Chair of WCTRS COVID-TF

Supporting members in Junyi Zhang’s team

Dr. Assoc. Prof. Saori Kashima provided data sources on COVID-19.

Dr. Assis. Prof. Runsen Zhang made the web page of the energy sector.

Dr. Linghan Zhang made the web page about tourism.

Ms. Jenny Yamamoto has helped collect information about border transport, urban transport, and other impacts on daily life. She already helped make a proofing of the WCTRS Appeal.

Dr. Canh Do and Dr. Assis. Prof. Nguyen Hong provided ASEAN countries related data.

Ms. Shuangjin Li has conducted a research on the impacts of inter/intra-city network structures on the spread of COVID-19 in China: Ma S., Li, S., Ma, S., and Zhang, J. (corresponding author): Impacts of Inter/Intra-City Network Structures on the Spread of COVID-19 and Spatial Differences. Management World [in Chinese]

Mr. Hongxianbg Ding, Ms. Shuangjin Li, and Ms. Siying Huang and Wenhui Huang as well as Mr. Xiaoquan Wang have collected information about China.

Mr. Baraa ALHAKIM made the web page about the built environment, and improved the design of the whole websites of our lab, and has collected information about the middle East.

Ms. RATU VEBY RENITA, Mr. Setyo NUGROHO, and Ms. MASLAHATUN NASHIHA have helped collect information about Indonesia.

Ms. Ei Mon Pyone has helped collect information about Myanmar.

Mr. Naseem Akhtar has collected information about Pakistan.

Mr. Mir Muhammad Kamrul Hasan has collected information about Bangladesh.

Mr. Virakvichetra Lon has helped collect information about Cambodia.

Mr. Latsayakone Pholsena has helped collect information about Laos.

Mr. Hiroki Yoshida has started his research on the impacts of COVID-19 on the transport and logistics in the Mekong Sug-region.