1 in 3 Destinations Worldwide Still Closed to International Tourism: Report

    Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 09 March 2021 11:27 WIB
    1 in 3 Destinations Worldwide Still Closed to International Tourism: Report
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    Jakarta: One in three destinations worldwide are now completely closed to international tourism, according to the latest data from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

    According to he UNWTO Travel Restrictions Report, the emergence of new variants of the covid-19 virus has prompted many governments to reverse efforts to ease restrictions on travel with total closures to tourists most prevalent in Asia and the Pacific and Europe.






    Launched on Monday, the Report provides a comprehensive overview of the regulations in place in 217 destinations worldwide. 

    While previous editions had shown a movement towards easing or lifting restrictions on travel, the latest report shows that the persistent seriousness of the epidemiological situation has caused governments to adopt a more cautious approach.

    As of the beginning of February, 32% of all destinations worldwide (69 in total) are completely closed for international tourism. 

    Of these, around just over half (38 destinations) have been closed for at least 40 weeks. 

    At the same time, 34% of worldwide destinations are now partially closed to international tourists.

    "Travel restrictions have been widely used to restrict the spread of the virus. Now, as we work to restart tourism, we must recognise that restrictions are just one part of the solution. Their use must be based on the latest data and analysis and consistently reviewed so as to allow for the safe and responsible restart of a sector upon which many millions of businesses and jobs depend," UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Polilikashvili said in a press release on Monday.

    The ninth edition of the UNWTO Travel Restrictions Report shows that regional differences with regards to travel restrictions remain. 

    Of the 69 destinations where borders are completely closed to tourists, 30 are in Asia and the Pacific, 15 are in Europe, 11 are in Africa, 10 are in the Americas and three are in the Middle East.

    At the same time, the UNWTO research also indicates a trend towards adopting a more nuanced, evidence and risk-based approach to implementing travel restrictions. 

    Growing numbers of destinations worldwide now require international tourists to present a negative PCR or antigen test upon arrival and also provide contact details for tracing purposes. 

    Indeed, 32% of all worldwide destinations now have the presentation of such tests as their main requirement for international arrivals often combined with quarantine, while the same amount have made tests a secondary or tertiary measure.

    (WAH)

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