Six months ago, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, impacting travel worldwide. New data from travel insurance experts at Squaremouth now reveals how travel to top tourist destinations has been affected since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.
Drastic Decrease in Travel to International Destinations
Prior to COVID-19, international trips made up 86% of all insured travel, but in the six months following the pandemic declaration, international trips account for only 47% of insured travel.
- The United States is the only top destination to see an increase in travelers for trips booked amidst the pandemic, all other top destinations have seen significant decreases.
|Top 10 Destinations6 Months Prior to Pandemic Declaration||% Change in Number of TravelersPost-Pandemic Declaration|
Accessible Destinations Replace Europe For American Travelers
European countries accounted for half of the top ten international destinations for American travelers prior to COVID-19. However, as COVID-19 caused travel restrictions for many European destinations, the UK and France are the only European countries to remain in the top ten international destinations.
- Accessible destinations like Mexico, Canada, and Caribbean countries now account for more than half of the top ten international destinations.
|Top 10 International Destinations6 Months Prior to Pandemic Declaration||Top 10 International Destinations6 Months Post-Pandemic Declaration|
|Spain||US Virgin Islands|
|UK||Turks and Caicos|
Methodology: Data is based on travel insurance policies purchased through Squaremouth between September 12, 2019 – September 11, 2020, for all future travel. Statistics reflect the comparison between the six month period prior to the pandemic declaration (Sept 12, 2019 – March 11, 2020) to the six month period after the pandemic was declared (March 12, 2020 – Sept 11, 2020) unless otherwise noted.
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