Vaccines and digital solutions to ease travel restrictions
The global rollout of immunization and the increased adoption of digital solutions for safe travel are expected to lead to increased international mobility in the coming weeks and months, the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO ).
According to the latest edition of the Travel Restrictions Report of the United Nations specialized agency for tourism, as of June 1, 29% of all destinations in the world have their borders completely closed to international tourism. Of these, more than half have been completely closed to tourists since May 2020 or so, with the majority of them belonging to small island developing states in Asia and the Pacific. In comparison, only three destinations (Albania, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic) are fully open to tourists, with no restrictions now in place.
One in three (34%) of all destinations is partially closed and 36% request a negative Covid-19 test result on arrival, in some cases in combination with a quarantine requirement. The data confirms the trend of destinations to adopt more nuanced, evidence-based and risk-based approaches to travel restrictions, especially in light of the changing epidemiological situation and the emergence of new variants of the virus. . Indeed, 42% of all destinations have introduced specific restrictions for visitors from destinations with worrying variations ranging from flight suspension and border closures to mandatory quarantine.
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