The World Tourism Organization, affiliated with the United Nations, announced that one third of the destinations in the world are currently completely closed to foreign tourists, especially in Asia and Europe. The organization stated, in a report, that as governments began easing travel restrictions last year, the “emergence of new versions of the virus” and “the still dangerous epidemic situation” upset the balance. At the beginning of February, 69 of the 217 destinations in the world, or 32%, were completely closed to foreign tourists, including 30 in Asia and the Pacific, 15 in Europe and 11 in Africa.
This percentage decreased in view of the peak of border closures recorded in May 2020, when 75% of destinations around the world were completely closed, but it is higher than the rate in November, when only 27% of destinations were closed. The World Tourism Organization indicated that there is a “more accurate evidence-based approach” to travel measures, such as requiring travelers to present a test result confirming that they are not infected with the epidemic upon arrival.
Examinations and quarantine
About a third of global destinations (32%) now require a B-test. C. R ”or“ antigen ”upon arrival, often accompanied by quarantine.
The director of the World Tourism Organization, Zurab Pololikashvili, stressed in a statement that “travel restrictions have been used widely to stop the spread of the virus. Now that we have sought to resume tourism, we must acknowledge that restrictions are only part of the solution. ”
2020 was the “worst year in tourism history” worldwide, with the number of travelers dropping 74% compared to 2019, or nearly a billion tourists, according to estimates by the World Tourism Organization in January. The epidemic led to losses amounting to $ 1,300 billion last year, which is 11 times the deficit recorded in 2009 during the global financial crisis.
A passport for the vaccine recipient
The European Commission is preparing to present a project to issue a digital passport for vaccine recipients. Meanwhile, some European Union member states have expressed willingness to familiarize themselves with the document, and to implement lighter conditions for shielded travelers, in an effort to save summer tourism. The vaccination passport will allow travelers to move around Europe and come to it from abroad without the need to take additional “Covid 19” tests or commit to quarantine. The document will mention the name, date of birth, health system, type and date of testing and vaccinations (the date of the two doses that were taken), including the vaccination period according to the instructions for each vaccine.
One of the first countries that welcomed the idea of vaccination certificates was Iceland, as it began issuing these certificates to its citizens, according to what was reported by Forbes magazine.
Greece and Portugal, as well as Georgia, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Poland and the Czech Republic are moving in the same direction, as they begin to implement light health measures for vaccinated travelers, recognize vaccine passports, and issue vaccination passports to their own citizens.
Airline reservations are seeing an increase in some areas, raising cautious hopes for a summer travel recovery, but also fueling fears in tourist destinations that they will incur high costs if vacationers are stranded by the virus.
Those in charge of one of the emergency services plans told “Reuters” that more than 12 countries require “Covid 19” insurance coverage for visitors, and that Jordan is the latest country to study such protection. Robin Engel, a travel insurance consultant for companies including AXA and A. Which. The total value of the market for insurance against the risks of “Covid-19” during travel is between 30 and 40 billion dollars annually.
Close 69 out of 217 destinations in the world
Equivalent to 32%
Of these, 30 are in Asia Pacific
15 in Europe
11 in Africa
Destinations from all over the world completely
Close only 27% of destinations
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