More Than 90 Percent Of Travel Destinations In The World Are Now Off-Limit For Tourists: UNWTO

by Suchismita Pal
More Than 90 Percent Of Travel Destinations In The World Are Now Off-Limit For Tourists: UNWTO

If we list down the industries that have been worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic, travel would definitely be on the number one position. To contain the spread of the virus, countries all over the world have sealed their borders either fully or partially. According to Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO Secretary-General, “COVID-19 has impacted travel and tourism like no other event before in history.”

Travel Bans And Restrictions: Global Scenario

About every country in the world has some form of travel restriction now. As per Pew research, around 93 percent of the global population now resides in countries and territories with travel restrictions.  The whole of Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East have imposed travel restrictions since January. Latest reports of UNWTO say that about 96 percent of travel destinations have become ‘off-limits’ to the tourists. The restrictions include a complete or case-wise ban on people entering the nations. Either no foreigners are permitted to enter a country, or they are allowed on the basis of the place they are coming from. Countries are taking up other measures as well like quarantining incomers, ordering self-isolation or cancellation of visas.

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What Else?

Considering the present situation, there is no surety as to when these travel restrictions can be absolutely lifted. It might even result in the loss of jobs for many people worldwide. But whatever be the circumstances, the governments have to anyways put the public health first. The authorities across countries are trying their best to reduce the number of global cases and ease the travel constraints as soon as possible.

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Many travel companies are now conducting a large number or free and paid virtual tours and sessions. While you shouldn’t miss out the free ones, try taking up some of the paid ones too, not only to enjoy their quality content but also to help them survive. After all,  life without travelling isn’t much worthwhile.