100% Global Destinations Now Apply Covid-19 Travel Restrictions – UNWTO

Recent research by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has found that the COVID-19 pandemic has made all travel destinations around the world to implement travel restrictions. So far, no country has yet to lifted their travel restriction introduced and this is the most severe restriction on international travel in history.

The latest data shows that all destinations now having restrictions in place. Out of 100%, 83% had COVID-19 related restrictions in place already for four or more weeks and so far, no destinations have lifted the travel restrictions (as of 20 April).

The social and economic benefits that tourism offers can return, providing a path to sustainable recovery for both individuals and whole countries.

Since 30 January – when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The latest analysis shows that; of 217 destinations worldwide:


  • 45% have totally or partially closed their borders for tourists - “Passengers are not allowed to enter”

  • 30% have suspended totally or partially international flights - “all flights are suspended”

  • 18% are banning the entry for passengers from specific countries of origin or passengers who have transited through specific destinations

  • 7% are applying different measures, such as quarantine or self-isolation for 14 days and visa measures.

Source - UNWTO

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