Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Home Reports American tourists face bans and restrictions across the world amid shoddy pandemic...

American tourists face bans and restrictions across the world amid shoddy pandemic response

Reports American tourists face bans and restrictions across the world amid shoddy pandemic...

(AOL – Yahoo Finance) The reputation and prestige once associated with a passport from the United States have suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

For Americans right now, traveling is harder than ever before — they aren’t welcome in the majority of the world’s countries because of the U.S. response to the outbreak. As a result, the U.S. passport ranking has fallen 50% in the last year, down from the no. 3 spot to the no. 19 spot in the Passport Index.

“The American passport was always in the top five passports over the last five years,” Armand Arton, founder of Passport Index, told Yahoo Money. Pre-pandemic, an American passport holder could access 70% of the world’s countries without a visa.

- payin the bills -

Using information from foreign ministries and the United Nations, the Passport Index ranks the 199 United Nations-recognized countries according to a given country’s mobility or how freely its citizens can access visitation to other countries.

‘The rest of the world doesn’t want U.S. citizens coming to their countries’

The Passport Index currently ranks the U.S. passport at 19, flanked between Moldova and Malaysia.

For comparison, the U.S.’s passport strength sits between its North American neighbors — Canada, 3, and Mexico, 27. Sharing the coveted top spot are countries Belgium, France, Germany, Finland, Austria, Luxembourg, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, and New Zealand.

- paying the bills -

Arton said the “only reason” for America’s sudden fall from grace was the coronavirus.

“It is not foreign policy,” he said. “It is not the visa restrictions. It is really the temporary limitation of travel of U.S. citizens, based on the fact that the rest of the world doesn’t want U.S. citizens coming to their countries.”

Leading in both cases and deaths, the U.S. is the global epicenter of the virus and accounts for approximately 26% of cases worldwide, despite making up just 4% of the world’s population.

Despite those sobering stats, Arton explained that people are “eager to travel” because even though commercial air is an option, “[people] really want to know where they could or when they can [go].”

The current domestic travel landscape is vastly different as state governors have hampered interstate travel with mandates of varying degrees, from 14-day self-quarantine to proof of negative COVID-19 test upon arrival as a means of containment.

- paying the bills --

The orders are meant to restrict the free flow of visitors from certain states with active outbreaks in order to avoid reinfecting the population of a state with a declining transmission rate.

Stephanie is a reporter for Yahoo Money and Cashay, a new personal finance website. Follow her on Twitter @SJAsymkos.

Q Costa Rica
Q Costa Rica
Reports by QCR staff

Related Articles

Funeral homes in times of pandemic: the painful challenge of the last goodbye to the COVID-19 deceased

(QCOSTARICA) A young man observes crying from the gate of the...

Panama confronts human traffickers where a major migration route bottlenecks

Cronkite Borderlands Project - Panama – A spike in migrants moving...

MOST READ

16-year-old girl convicted of participating in homicide of Uber driver

(QCOSTARICA) A 16-year-old girl was sentenced to 13 years in prison for participating in the murder of an Uber driver and in the robbery...

Covid-19 infection rate generally low in Costa Rica, but increases in coastal sites

(QCOSTARICA) The contagion rate of covid-19 in Costa Rica decreased slightly in the last week. However, it is worrisome that coastal areas, with an...

They did not last a day: the first flexible delineator posts on ruta 32 downed

(QCOSTARICA) The flexible delineator plastic traffic road divider on the Ruta32 did not last a full day. Crews finished placing them this Sunday at...

COVAX: Working for global equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines

The vaccines pillar of the ACT-Accelerator, convened by CEPI GAVI and WHO, is speeding up the search for an effective vaccine for all countries. At the...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 1,556 new cases, deaths now reach 686

(QCOSTARICA.COM) The number of new cases reported by the Ministry of Health for September 17 is 1,556, for a total of confirmed cases since...

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Some people infected with the virus have no symptoms. When the virus does cause symptoms, common ones include fever, body ache, dry cough, fatigue,...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Costa Rica and Latin America.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.