COVID-19 Travel Restriction Facts updated April, 2022

Businesses are open, we are all getting back to work, now what?

For the most part, we have learned how to keep ourselves safe while going about our business and even traveling during the pandemic, but safety should still be on our minds.

Even if you’ve been vaccinated, you still have the possibility of getting COVID. Ideally it will be much easier to overcome, but that doesn’t mean you should not take precautions. You can –and probably should — still choose to wear a mask, keep your sanitizer handy and maintain your distance.

Currently, this is what the Web is reporting on travel restrictions and some of the economic harm done by COVID:

  • 77 countries are closed to travel for non-citizens as of this week, according to KAYAK.
  • 135 countries are open with restrictions including proof of negative test or agreeing to quarantine, according to KAYAK.
  • According to the CDC, nearly every country in South America is currently Level 4 (very high) category for COVID-19, while the remaining few countries are Level 3 (high). Venezuela is considered “unknown.” The CDC is currently recommending everyone “avoid travel to these destinations.”
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tourism could result in a more than $4 trillion loss to the global economy, UN trade and development body UNCTAD, said on Wednesday in a report issued jointly with the UN World Tourism Organization.
  • Worry is spreading around Europe, according to Forbes, after Malta decided this week to ban all but double-vaccinated visitors, opening the possibility that other countries would follow as the Covid Delta variant contagion infects the continent.
  • A few hours after Malta’s announcement, and following warnings from the European Commission that such measures were discriminatory, the island’s government eased the ban, opting instead for mandatory quarantine on arrival.
  • International visitor spending was particularly hard hit across Asia Pacific, falling by 74.4%, as many countries across the region closed their borders to inbound tourists. Domestic spending witnessed a lower but equally punishing decline of 48.1%, according to Tourism International.
  • The report also revealed the European Travel & Tourism sector suffered the second biggest economic collapse last year, dropping 51.4% (987bn. euros). This significant and damaging decline was in part due to continuing mobility restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.
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