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The state of global tourist visas in 2016

The state of global tourist visas in 2016 | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

This Skift article highlights the global status of tourist visas in 2016. Among the key take-outs include:


  • The percentage of the world's population requiring a visa to travel somewhere has decreased 14% from 1980 to 2015.
  • Visas are required for about 60% of the world's population as of 2015. About 75% of European countries require a visa for entry, the highest percentage for any region.
  • In terms of visas, the world is more open for tourism in 2016 than it was in 1980 - in 1980, 75% of the world's population needed a visa to travel internationally compared to 61% in 2015.
  • Some 51% of all visa policies were reciprocal in 2015, where two countries have the same visa policies, compared to 71% in 2008.
  • The UNWTO considers 48 source markets as highly mobile markets, meaning these countries' citizens have the highest freedom to travel.
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Eve-Line Boulle's curator insight, March 17, 2016 10:26 AM
"The world has less restrictive visa policies in 2016 than it did before the global economic crisis. Let’s hope temporary setbacks from terror attacks and security fears don’t cause governments to send us backwards."
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Record number of Australian tourist visas for Indians

Record number of Australian tourist visas for Indians | The Insight Files | Scoop.it
A record number of Australian tourist visas were granted to Indians in 2013-14.
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