The Strategist

UN names countries fully accessible to foreign tourists

03/09/2021 - 04:07

One in three countries is now closed to international tourism, with only five states open for travel, the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) said in a statement.

At the beginning of February, 69 out of 217 countries in the world (32%) do not receive foreign tourists, with half of them having already had their borders closed for 10 months. Borders of another 73 countries (34%) are partially closed. Seventy states (32%) require tests or a quarantine.

Only five countries (2%) allow tourists to enter without any restrictions - Albania, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Northern Macedonia and Tanzania.

According to the report, although restrictions on tourism have been eased in the past, the emergence of new strains of coronavirus has prompted many countries to adopt stricter measures, including border closures.

According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the number of international tourist arrivals fell by 74% in 2020. Due to the pandemic and restrictions adopted by countries, international tourist arrivals are down by one billion trips compared to 2019. The crisis has put between 100 and 120 million tourism jobs at risk.