Report: Every country in the world now has travel restrictions

The latest research from UNWTO said that no country has yet lifted restrictions

Oman was one of the Middle East’s first countries to enact COVID-19-related restrictions
Oman was one of the Middle East’s first countries to enact COVID-19-related restrictions

According to the latest research from the World Tourism Organisation (UNTWO), there is no longer a single destination in the world that is without travel restrictions. Moreover, at the time of the report, no destination has lifted restrictions.

UNWTO’s research added 83% of destinations have had COVID-19 related restrictions in place for four weeks or more as of April 20.

Secretary-general Zurab Pololikashvili said: “Tourism has shown its commitment to putting people first. Our sector can also lead the way in driving recovery. This research on global travel restrictions will help support the timely and responsible implementation of exit strategies, allowing destinations to ease or lift travel restrictions when it is safe to do so. This way, the social and economic benefits that tourism offers can return, providing a path to sustainable recovery for both individuals and whole countries.”

Though every country has imposed restrictions, stipulations vary between nations. 45% of countries for example have totally or partially closed their borders to tourists, while 30% have suspended international flights to and from the country and 18% have barred tourists from specific destinations. A small proportion of countries (7%) have only imposed measures such as self-isolation for its people.

Against this backdrop, UNWTO has called on governments worldwide to support the global tourism industry. Echoing warnings from the World Travel & Tourism Council, Pololikashvili said millions of jobs in the sector have been put at risk.

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