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UNWTO Report: Travel Restrictions Now Virtually Universal

UNWTO Report: Travel Restrictions Now Virtually Universal

The scale of disruption caused by Covid-19 to global tourism is shown in a comprehensive new report on travel restrictions from the World Tourism Organisation. The landmark report, published at a time of unprecedented disruption for the sector, shows that almost all global destinations have imposed restrictions on travel since January, including complete bans on all travel.

Over recent years, as the United Nations specialised agency for tourism, UNWTO has been regularly monitoring travel facilitation and observing a continuous trend towards more openness. Covid-19 has dramatically interrupted this. According to research carried out for the new report, as of 6 April, 96% of all worldwide destinations have introduced travel restrictions in response to the pandemic.

Around 90 destinations have completely or partially closed their borders to tourists, while a further 44 are closed to certain tourists depending on country of origin.

Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO Secretary General, said: “Covid-19 has impacted travel and tourism like no other event before in history. Governments have put public health first and introduced full or partial restrictions on travel. With tourism suspended, the benefits the sector brings are under threat: millions of jobs could be lost, and progress made in the fields of equality and sustainable economic growth could be rolled back. The UNWTO therefore calls on governments to continuously review travel restrictions and ease or lift them as soon as it is safe to do so.”

The UNWTO global review shows that the global regions are largely consistent in their response to Covid-19. In Africa, Asia/Pacific and the Middle East, 100% of destinations have adopted Covid-19-related restrictions since January. In the Americas, 92% of destinations have taken similar steps, while in Europe, the proportion is 93%.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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