Restrictions on travel, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, are being eased step by step worldwide, thus allowing tourism to restart in particular number of destinations of the globe. The latest research by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reveals that 22% of all destinations worldwide (48 destinations) have started to ease restrictions, with Europe being the leader. Whereas 65% of the world destinations (141 destinations) keep their borders completely closed to international tourism.
The United Nations specialized agency for tourism, UNWTO has been monitoring responses to the pandemic since the very beginning of the current crisis. This latest research – the fifth edition of COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions: A Global Review for Tourism, shows that the sector is slowly restarting, however this restart being significantly more active in some global regions.
UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said: “The restart of tourism is of vital importance – for livelihoods, for businesses and for national economies. This latest overview of global travel restrictions shows that growing numbers of destinations are beginning to ease the restrictions they introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is being done in a responsible and measured way. However, this crisis is not over. UNWTO will continue to work with our Member States around the world to mitigate the impact of the pandemic and to ensure that, when the time is right, tourism can help drive a responsible and sustainable recovery.”
According to UNWTO, as of 15 June, 22% of all destinations (48 destinations) have already eased restrictions on travel, up from just 3% (7 destinations) on 18 May. Destinations that have eased travel restrictions for tourists include:
- 37 destinations in Europe, including 24 of the 26 Schengen Member States
- 6 destinations in the Americas, including 5 Small Island Developing States
- 3 destinations in Asia and the Pacific, including 2 Small Island Developing States
- 2 destinations in Africa
At the same time, the COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions report makes shows that many destinations are applying very careful and cautious approach to lifting the restrictions on travel. As of 15 June, 24% of all destinations worldwide (51 destinations) have had travel restrictions now in place for 19 weeks and 37% (80 destinations) for 15 weeks.
In total, 65% of destinations worldwide (141 destinations) still have their borders completely closed. In Africa, the proportion of destinations where borders remain closed to tourists stands now at 85%. In the Americas, 76% of destinations maintain full border closures, as 67% of destinations do the same in Asia and the Pacific and 92% of destinations in the Middle East. In Europe, these full border closures are reduced now to 26% of all destinations.
We would like to remind that Uzbekistan will be slowly opening its borders to the world by implementing the new COVID-19 free system “Uzbekistan Safe Travel GUARANTEED”. This will enable the country to be fully ready for the re-launching of the international incoming tourism.