Asia-Pacific and Americas top visa openness

31st Jan 2013

Countries in the Asia Pacific and the Americas are the most accessible regions in the world for tourists to visit, according to a new report.

The United National World Travel Organisation (UNWTO) claimed 20% of the world's population do not need a visa to visit an Asian destination, while a similar number can get a visa on arrival. The research found some 7% could obtain an e-visa.

In the Americas, 31% of visitors did not require a visa, with 8% being able to get a visa on arrival and 1% through an e-visa.

Worldwide, some 18% of the population were not required to have a visa when travelling for holidays last year, the figures found.

Taleb Rifai, UNWTO secretary general, said: "Important strides have been made in recent times in terms of visa facilitation as more and more countries understand its implicit economic benefits."

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