Airbnb launches ‘Booking Buffer’


Airbnb has launched its pandemic cleaning protocol, alongside a Booking Buffer for hosts unable to commit to the regime.

The Booking Buffer created a longer vacancy period between stays, currently set at 72 hours in the US, where the property cannot be reserved.

Airbnb’s Enhanced Cleaning Protocol is now available to hosts in the US with other countries and regions to follow shortly and includes a five-step cleaning process, room-by-room checklists, and more.

The guidelines were informed by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention and developed in partnership with leading hospitality and medical hygiene experts, including former Surgeon General of the United States, Vivek Murthy.