29% of destinations worldwide have closed borders for international tourism

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According to figures from the latest edition of the United Nations Report on Travel Restrictions, it has been shown that as of 1 June, 29% of destinations worldwide have their borders completely closed to international tourism.

Of these destinations, more than half of them have been completely closed to tourist arrivals since May 2020 or more, with most countries belonging to small island states in Asia and the Pacific. Instead, only three destinations, Albania, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, are completely open to tourist arrivals, without restrictions. One in three of all destinations, or more precisely 34%, are partially closed, and 36% of them require tourists to report a negative COVID-19 test on arrival, in some cases, along with the quarantine requirement.

In addition, 42% of all destinations introduced separate restrictions for travelers arriving from countries where COVID-19 variants have become widespread by suspending flights, closing borders or imposing mandatory quarantine requirements. As most destinations that maintain strict measures have the lowest vaccination rates, UNWTO noted that the data suggest a link between reduced restrictions and vaccination rates.

29% of destinations worldwide have closed borders for international tourism.

In contrast, destinations with higher vaccination rates and countries that can work together on harmonized protocols and rules, such as the Schengen countries, are better placed to allow tourism to return gradually. In addition, the report found that regional differences related to travel restrictions remain, more precisely, as follows:

  • 70 percent of destinations in Asia and the Pacific are completely closed
  • 13% of destinations in Europe are completely closed
  • 20 percent of destinations in America are completely closed
  • 19% of destinations in Africa are completely closed
  • 31% of destinations in the Middle East are completely closed

When it comes to assessing requirements for people who have been fully vaccinated, 17% of all destinations explicitly mention vaccinated travelers in their regulations. As such, the report suggests that the resumption of global tourism will remain on standby as long as governments continue to provide travel warnings.

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