Restrictions on travel, introduced in response to
the ongoing global COVID19 pandemic, are slowly being eased,
allowing tourism to restart in a growing number of destinations.
The latest research by the UNWTO shows that
22% of all destinations worldwide (48 destinations) have started
to ease restrictions, with Europe leading the way. At the same
time, however, 65% of all destinations worldwide (141
destinations) continue to have their borders completely closed to
UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili, said,
“The restart of tourism is of vital importance – for livelihoods,
for businesses and for national economies. This latest overview of
global travel restrictions shows that growing numbers of
destinations are beginning to ease the restrictions they
introduced in response to the COVID19 pandemic. This is being
done in a responsible and measured way. However, this crisis is
not over. UNWTO will continue to work with our Member States
around the world to mitigate the impact of the pandemic and to
ensure that, when the time is right, tourism can help drive a
responsible and sustainable recovery.”
According to the UNWTO, as of 15 June, 22% of all
destinations (48 destinations) have now eased restrictions on
travel, up from just 3% (7 destinations) on 18 May. Destinations
that have eased travel restrictions for tourists include:
- 37 destinations in Europe, including 24 of the 26
Schengen Member States;
- 6 destinations in the Americas,
including 5 Small Island Developing States;
- 3 destinations in
Asia and the Pacific, including 2 Small Island Developing States;
2 destinations in Africa.
At the same time, the COVID19 Related Travel
Restrictions report makes clear that many destinations are
maintaining a cautious approach to lifting or easing restrictions
As of 15 June, 24% of all destinations worldwide (51
destinations) have had travel restrictions now in place for 19
weeks and 37% (80 destinations) for 15 weeks.
In total, 65% of destinations worldwide (141
destinations) continue to have their borders completely closed. In
Africa, the proportion of destinations where borders remain closed
to tourists stands now at 85%.
In the Americas, 76% of
destinations maintain full border closures, as do 67% of
destinations in Asia and the Pacific and 92% of destinations in
the Middle East. In Europe, these full border closures are reduced
now to 26% of all destinations.
You can download the latest report in .pdf format
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