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A Whopping 96 Percent of Travel Destinations Currently Off-Limits



Source: AP

An article from RelaxNews reveals a whopping 96 percent of travel destinations are currently off limits due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The findings are a result of a new report from the UN World Tourism Organization, which reveals 96 percent of destinations have imposed travel restrictions.

The report from the UN World Tourism Organization finds 90 destinations (countries, territories or states) have completely or partially closed their borders to tourists, while 44 percent of destinations are closed to certain tourists depending on their country of origin, RelaxNews writes.

“COVID-19 has impacted travel and tourism like no other event before in history,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili in a statement. “Governments have put public health first and introduced full or partial restrictions on travel. With tourism suspended, the benefits the sector brings are under threat. Millions of jobs could be lost, and progress made in the fields of equality and sustainable economic growth could be rolled back. UNWTO therefore calls on governments to continuously review travel restrictions and ease or lift them as soon as it is safe to do so.”

According to the report, 100 percent of Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, 93 percent of Europe, and 92 percent of the Americas have introduced travel restrictions since the beginning of the year.