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Restrictions on Travel Easing As Europe Restarts Tourism

Restrictions on travel, introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, are slowly being eased, allowing tourism to restart in a growing number of destinations.

The latest research by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) shows that 22 percent of all destinations worldwide (48 destinations) have started to ease restrictions, with Europe leading the way.

At the same time, however, 65 percent  of all destinations worldwide (141 destinations) continue to have their borders completely closed to international tourism.

As the United Nations specialised agency for tourism, UNWTO has been monitoring responses to the pandemic since the start of the current crisis. This latest update, the fifth edition of COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions: A Global Review for Tourism, shows that the sector is slowly restarting, though this restart is significantly more pronounced in some global regions.

International travel within Europe restarting while other regions remain closed

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