Tourism Still Closed As World Witness New Covid Surges

Medical Tourism to Reach 273.72 Billion Dollars by 2027

One out of five destinations across the world continue to have their borders completely closed as new surges of COVID-19 impact the restart of international tourism. The latest UNWTO Travel Restrictions Report said that 98 per cent of all tourism destinations have some kind of travel restrictions.

The UNWTO report notes that 46 destinations have their borders completely closed to tourists. A further 55 destinations continue to have their borders partially closed to international tourism, and 112 destinations require international tourists to present a PCR or antigen test upon arrival.

The latest WTO report notes that regional differences remain with respect to travel restrictions. Asia and the Pacific had the most restrictions in place, with 65 per cent of all destinations completely closed, it added. Meanwhile, Europe is the most open global region to international tourists followed by Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East.

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said that the safe easing or lifting of restrictions on travel are essential for the restart of tourism and return of the social and economic benefits the sector offers.

KEY FINDINGS
  • Forty six destinations (21%) of all destinations worldwide have their borders completely closed for international tourism – Out of which, 26 destinations have had their borders completely closed since at least the end of April 2020. These include 30 destinations in Asia and the Pacific, 5 destinations in Africa, 5 destinations in the Americas, 4 destinations in Europe , 2 destinations in the Middle East.
  • Thirty per cent of all complete border closures are observed by 14 Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Of this, 13 SIDS are in Asia and the Pacific and 1 SIDS in the Americas.
  • Fifty five tourist destinations are partially closed. They are 30 destinations in Europe (56 per cent of all destinations in Europe), ten destinations in Asia and the Pacific (22% of all destinations in Asia and the Pacific), 8 destinations in Africa (15% of all destinations in Africa), 6 destinations in the Middle East (46% of all destinations in the Middle East) and 1 destination in the Americas.
  • Twelve per cent of all destinations are closed for international tourism for at least 79 weeks (one and a half years).
  • 112 destinations need negative COVID-19 testing requirement and/or quarantine for tourism purposes. These include 41 destinations in the Americas (80% of all destinations in the Americas). – 40 destinations in Africa (76% of all destinations in Africa). – 20 destinations in Europe (37% of all destinations in Europe). – 6 destinations in Asia and the Pacific (13%
    of all destinations in Asia and the Pacific). 5 destinations in the Middle East (39% of all destinations in the Middle East)
  • Eighty five destinations (39% of all destinations worldwide) have eased restrictions for fully COVID-19 vaccinated international tourists. Of this, 44 destinations are in Europe (82% of all destinations in Europe) 15 in Americas (29% of all destinations in the Americas), 13 in Africa (25% of all destinations in Africa), seven in the Middle East (54% of all destinations in the Middle East) and six destinations in Asia and the Pacific (13% of all destinations in Asia and the Pacific).
  • Twenty destinations (9% of all destinations worldwide) have made a full COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for entering a destination for tourism purposes. These include 8 destinations in the Americas, 7 in Asia and the Pacific, 3 in the Middle East and 1 destination each in Africa and Europe.

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