One-third of global destinations still closed to international tourism

Published on : Wednesday, March 10, 2021

One-third of the destinations around the world are currently closed to international tourism with many countries implementing new restrictions since corona virus variants still continue to spread.

As per a new report from the UNWTO, 32% of destinations worldwide are fully closed to international tourism. Although previous reports have shown a gradual lifting of restrictions, according to the newest report, “Persistent seriousness of the epidemiological situation has caused governments to adopt a more cautious approach.”

Of the 32% of the destinations that are closed, just over half of them have been closed for at least 40 weeks. Moreover, 34% of worldwide destinations are partially closed for international tourists.

Among destinations that are closed, 30 are in Asia and the Pacific, 15 in Europe, 11 in Africa, 10 in the Americas and three in the Middle East.

According to the World Health Organization, the Americas have recorded more than 51.69 million cases of COVID-19, with more than 39.7 million cases in Europe, 13.7 million in Southeast Asia and 2.89 million in Africa.

Globally, there are more than 116.3 million cases with more than 2.58 million people dying from the virus.

With destinations being closed, a growing number of places now require international tourists to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival along with providing contact information for contact tracing purposes.

About one-third of worldwide destinations now require a negative PCR test upon entry, with some having the added condition of mandatory quarantine.

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