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World Breaks Down Visa Barriers

UNWTO report reveals that travel restrictions are gradually being eased

The countries of the world are gradually easing visa restrictions and removing barriers to travel, a new study has found.

In its latest Visa Openness Report, the UNWTO revealed that 39% of the world’s population can now travel overseas without the need to obtain a visa prior to departure. This compares to just 23% in 2008 and marks the lowest level in history.

On average, 18% of global travellers were able to travel to a destination without a visa in 2015, while another 15% could receive a visa-on-arrival and 6% were able to obtain e-visas.

And emerging economies continue to be more open than more developed nations. Southeast Asia, East Africa, the Caribbean and Oceania remain the most open parts of the world, while North America is one of the most restrictive regions.

“Prioritising travel facilitation is central to stimulating economic growth and job creation through tourism. We are pleased to see that a growing number of governments around the world think likewise,” said UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai. “The current security challenges should not deter us from advancing visa facilitation. On the contrary, enhancing security and facilitating tourism travel should always go hand in hand...Read More.