The World Tourism Organization’s recently-published report on the status of world travel restrictions shows that movement between countries is still very restricted: the borders of 115 countries remain closed to international tourism.
As an increasing number of forecasts are postponing the return of air traffic to 2019 levels, many of the world’s borders remain closed.
Of the 115 countries which are no longer accepting international tourists, 88 of them have been closed for more than 12 weeks.
Among the countries refusing entry to foreign travelers are the United States, Canada, and all Central and South American countries with the exception of Mexico, Equator and French Guyana.
This is also the case for all of Asia and the Gulf states, except Cambodia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan Afghanistan and Turkey. Australia, New Zealand, and Russia have not yet eased travel restrictions either.
At the height of the crisis, on May 18, 75 percent of the world’s destinations had closed their borders.
On the other side of the coin are the 87 countries which are now allowing travelers to enter their territories. This includes 41 European countries and 13 countries on the African continent including Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, and the Ivory Coast.
Tanzania is one of the few countries in the world to have lifted all travel restrictions completely.
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