72% of Countries Have Closed Borders to International Tourism


New research from the World Tourism Organization
shows that 100% of global destinations continue to have
restrictions on travel in place, and 72% have completely closed
their borders to international tourism.

This latest research shows that while discussions
on possible first measures for lifting restrictions are underway,
100% of destinations worldwide still have COVID19 related travel
restrictions for international tourists in place.

Out of all 217 destinations worldwide, 156 (72%)
have placed a complete stop on international tourism according to
the data collected as of 27 April 2020.

Beach in Terengganu, Malaysia. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

In 25% of destinations, restrictions have been in
place for at least three months, while in 40% of destinations,
restrictions were introduced at least two months ago.

Breaking the research down by region, the UNWTO 
found that 83% of destinations in Europe have introduced complete
closure of borders for international tourism. In the Americas,
this proportion stands at 80%, in Asia and the Pacific it is 70%,
in the Middle East it is 62% and in Africa it is 57%.

Most importantly, the research also found
that no destination has so far lifted or eased travel

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said,
“Tourism has been the hardest hit of all the major sectors as
countries lockdown and people stay at home. UNWTO calls on
governments to work together to coordinate the easing and lifting
of restrictions in a timely and responsible manner, when it is
deemed safe to do so. Tourism is a lifeline to millions,
especially in the developing world. Opening the world up to
tourism again will save jobs, protect livelihoods and enable our
sector to resume its vital role in driving sustainable

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