10 Tourist Destinations Affected the Most by COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Published September 22nd, 2020 - 10:43 GMT

The vast and quick spread of the coronavirus around the world halted global travel and affected tourism around the world. But this effect varied from one country to another as many economies were mainly dependent on tourism as the main source of income. 

Here are 10 touristic places whose economies are most dependent on tourism, and were severely affected by the COVID-19 travel restrictions.

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1. Maldives

1. Maldives: The Maldives is located in Asia, southwest of Sri Lanka and India in the Indian Ocean. It is such an important touristic spot that attracts tourists from all over the world. The Maldives derives 38.92% of its GDP from tourism.

2. British Virgin Islands

2. British Virgin Islands: A group of nine islands in the Caribbean Sea, located 64 kilometers to the east of Puerto Rico. The British government closed these islands to visitors on March 19. It derives 32.96% of its GDP from tourism.

3. Macao

3. Macao: A special administrative region of the People's Republic of China. It was one of the first places to record a coronavirus case due to its proximity to the Chinese mainland. It derives 28.05% of its GDP from tourism.

4. Aruba

4. Aruba: Aruba is a Dutch island in the Caribbean. It has recorded just 101 coronavirus cases throughout the outbreak and has reported zero cases in June. This region is outside the hurricane belt and derives 27.64% of its GDP from tourism.

5. Vanuatu

5. Vanuatu: Vanuatu is an island located in the South of the Pacific Ocean. The island closed its borders and banned flights between its islands on March 26. The island derives 18.16% of its GDP from tourism.

6. Cape Verde

6. Cape Verde: It is an island in the Atlantic Ocean, and it derives 17.66% of its GDP from tourism. It recorded around 800 COVID-19 cases and began allowing flights between its islands again on June 30.

7. St. Lucia

7. St. Lucia: Saint Lucia is an island located in the Caribbean Sea. It reported less than 20 COVID-19 cases, and it has allowed visitors to come since June 4 with tourists being required to show a negative test result taken within 48 hours of their trip. They are also required to wear a mask while in the country.The island derives 15.61% of its GDP from tourism.

8. Belize

8. Belize: The Caribbean country that derives 14.95% of its GDP from tourism. Belize recorded 22 COVID-19 cases, and its airports and ports have been closed with the cruise trips suspended.

9. Fiji Islands

9. Fiji Islands: Fiji Islands is a country located in the South Pacific Ocean. It recorded less than 20 COVID-19 cases, and as a result, the country's borders have been closed since March 25, allowing citizens only to return. The country derives 14.09% of its GDP from tourism.

10. Malta

10. Malta: Malta is a European country located in the Mediterranean Sea, and it is one of the smallest countries in the world. This European country reported more than 600 COVID-19 cases. The island derives 14.08% of its GDP from tourism.

1. Maldives
2. British Virgin Islands
3. Macao
4. Aruba
5. Vanuatu
6. Cape Verde
7. St. Lucia
8. Belize
9. Fiji Islands
10. Malta
1. Maldives
1. Maldives: The Maldives is located in Asia, southwest of Sri Lanka and India in the Indian Ocean. It is such an important touristic spot that attracts tourists from all over the world. The Maldives derives 38.92% of its GDP from tourism.
2. British Virgin Islands
2. British Virgin Islands: A group of nine islands in the Caribbean Sea, located 64 kilometers to the east of Puerto Rico. The British government closed these islands to visitors on March 19. It derives 32.96% of its GDP from tourism.
3. Macao
3. Macao: A special administrative region of the People's Republic of China. It was one of the first places to record a coronavirus case due to its proximity to the Chinese mainland. It derives 28.05% of its GDP from tourism.
4. Aruba
4. Aruba: Aruba is a Dutch island in the Caribbean. It has recorded just 101 coronavirus cases throughout the outbreak and has reported zero cases in June. This region is outside the hurricane belt and derives 27.64% of its GDP from tourism.
5. Vanuatu
5. Vanuatu: Vanuatu is an island located in the South of the Pacific Ocean. The island closed its borders and banned flights between its islands on March 26. The island derives 18.16% of its GDP from tourism.
6. Cape Verde
6. Cape Verde: It is an island in the Atlantic Ocean, and it derives 17.66% of its GDP from tourism. It recorded around 800 COVID-19 cases and began allowing flights between its islands again on June 30.
7. St. Lucia
7. St. Lucia: Saint Lucia is an island located in the Caribbean Sea. It reported less than 20 COVID-19 cases, and it has allowed visitors to come since June 4 with tourists being required to show a negative test result taken within 48 hours of their trip. They are also required to wear a mask while in the country.The island derives 15.61% of its GDP from tourism.
8. Belize
8. Belize: The Caribbean country that derives 14.95% of its GDP from tourism. Belize recorded 22 COVID-19 cases, and its airports and ports have been closed with the cruise trips suspended.
9. Fiji Islands
9. Fiji Islands: Fiji Islands is a country located in the South Pacific Ocean. It recorded less than 20 COVID-19 cases, and as a result, the country's borders have been closed since March 25, allowing citizens only to return. The country derives 14.09% of its GDP from tourism.
10. Malta
10. Malta: Malta is a European country located in the Mediterranean Sea, and it is one of the smallest countries in the world. This European country reported more than 600 COVID-19 cases. The island derives 14.08% of its GDP from tourism.