Led by Europe, tourism is restarting in a number of areas
worldwide, with 22% of destinations (48) easing restrictions, according to a
U.N. World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) report.
Americans are currently barred from traveling to European Union countries.
The report indicates that 37 of those destinations are in
Europe, where full border closures have been reduced to 26%, and include 24 of
the 26 Schengen member states. Six of the destinations with eased tourism rules
are in the Americas; three are in Asia and the Pacific; and two are in Africa.
One month ago, only 3% (seven destinations) had eased travel
Despite the progress, 65% of destinations (141), still have
their borders completely closed to international tourism in response to the
Covid-19 pandemic. In Africa, the proportion of destinations where borders
remain closed to tourists stands at 85%. In the Americas, it is 76%; in Asia
and the Pacific, 67%; and in the Middle East, 92%.
UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said the easing
of restrictions “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.”