A just-released report from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (WTO) shows that—despite a growing (though small) movement to ease the process for visitiors from nation to travel to another through visa-on-arrival, e-visas and the waiving of visa requirements–North America has the most. Culled from the WTO’s Visa Openness Report 2014, are the following points.
• In North America:
-Only 12 percent of the world’s population can enter without a visa.
-in all of the Americas, however, 30 percent of the world’s population does not need a visa to visit the region.
• Nations in Asia and the Pacific have facilitated international travel the most. To visit Asia and the Pacific:
-23 percent of the world’s population is not required to have a visa.
-23 percent can obtain a visa on arrival.
-5 percent can use an e-visa.
• European destinations are among the more restrictive:
-75 percent of the world’s population is required to obtain a visa before departure.
-21 percent are not required to obtain a visa.
-3 percent can obtain one on arrival.
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