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Return to travel - Update on Europe and the USA

Updated: May 20, 2021

The hope of summer getaways is encouraging, as a majority of Europeans (56%) say they will go on holiday by the end of August 2021. Most of this will be either domestic travel or to another European country. Only 27% of respondents are still unwilling to travel within the next six months. That is according to the latest report published by the European Travel Commission.

In the UK, all those aged over 50 have received a vaccine and all adults are expected to be vaccinated by the end of July. Despite a sluggish start to the vaccine rollout across Europe, travellers’ confidence continues to take an upturn, raising hopes for a fast recovery.

The survey shows that 48% of respondents share a sense of optimism about trip planning, driven by the development and approval of COVID-19 vaccines. Only 21% are not optimistic about planning a trip, regardless of vaccinations.

Concerns rise about being able to make the most out of holidays As Europeans are starting to consider a summer getaway, the spotlight falls on whether upcoming holidays can be enjoyed to the fullest. While quarantine measures are still the leading concern for 16% of early-bird travellers, the limited scope for holiday activities at the destination due to COVID-19 restrictions is becoming a significant pain point (11%).

In addition, there is now a heightened sense of caution about visiting bars and restaurants. 13% of respondents feel that these places pose a degree of risk to their health. Meanwhile, air travel still tops the virus risk list, with 17% of Europeans identifying flying as potentially dangerous.

All UK Adults to be vaccinated by the end of July

The UK government lifted travel restrictions from May 17. There are 12 countries on a ‘green list’ where no quarantine is required on return from a vacation. The majority of countries (including Japan) are on an ‘amber list’. This requires travellers to take a COVID test before they travel and quarantine at home or the place they are staying when they return.

Fully vaccinated US citizens are now allowed to travel internationally although, like most travellers, face local restrictions in the countries they choose to visit.

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