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100% of destinations have C19 travel restrictions: UNWTO

Nowhere immune from effects of COVID-19

Marking the most severe constraints ever placed on travel, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) research has revealed that every destination in the world has now introduced restrictions on travel in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Incheon Airport, South Korea


No destination has so far lifted its coronavirus-related controls, while one in six (83%) destinations have had restrictions in place for four or more weeks (now six weeks) as of 20 April. 


UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said tourism had “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,” Pololikashvili said.


“This way, the social and economic benefits that tourism offers can return, providing a path to sustainable recovery for both individuals and whole countries.”


Of the 217 official global destinations, UNWTO’s latest data shows that:  

- 45% have totally or partially closed their borders for tourists 

- 30% have totally or partially suspended international flights 

- 18% have banned the entry of passengers from specific countries of origin or passengers who have transited through specific destinations

- 7% have applied other measures such as quarantine or self-isolation for 14 days and special visa controls.


With this in mind, the UNWTO has called on governments to commit to supporting tourism. 


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 3 May 2020

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