Vaccination is a key factor in Europeans’ confidence to travel again, study finds
More than half of European nationals revealed that the EU’s COVID-19 digital certificate played a key role in convincing them to travel during a pandemic, according to the European Travel Commission (ETC) report.
The survey was conducted over the last three waves of COVID-19 infection, from February 2020 to September 2021, and included 5,769 respondents from ten countries: the UK, Italy, Spain, the ‘Austria, France, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
“The importance of the EU’s digital COVID certificate positively correlates with respondents’ attitudes towards strict health and safety protocols: 69% of those who strongly agree / agree agree with the usefulness of the COVID certificate feel much more secure with such measures against only 11% of these. who do not agree at all ”, the report reads.
In addition, around 57.8% of people agreed that EUDCC made travel easier, 24.3% were neutral and 18% disagreed.
Dutch nationals were among those who agreed the least on the issue with 28.2 percent compared to Spaniards, of whom 72.4 percent testified to the importance of EUDCC on travel.
Among the supporters of the EUDCC are the Italians (65.1% for and 12.4% against), the Germans (63.1% against 14.5%) and the Poles (58.8% against 6%).
The Belgians (55.8% against 20.4%), the French (55.7% against 19.3%) and the Austrians (55% against 19%) are in the middle while the British, the Swiss (50 , 9% vs. 24.1 percent) and Dutch (44.6 percent pro) remain at the bottom of this list. A quarter of Britons were neutral on the issue, scoring the highest percentage points.
In addition, 48% of those surveyed, who were over 18, admitted that they would travel once immunized to the potentially fatal COVID-19 virus, while 21.5% were skeptical of traveling to anyone. or their vaccination status. In addition, 30.8% were neutral, which is 10% more than the previous assessment.
More than half of those surveyed (54.8 percent) agreed that deploying the vaccine in the country of origin had boosted their confidence in travel, while 24.4 percent were neutral and 20.7 percent said they were neutral on the issue.
In addition, 15.4 percent of those polled revealed that their greatest travel confidence is getting a COVID-19 vaccine, 12.2 percent liked the flexible cancellation policies, 9.9 percent felt they were more confident to travel due to the lifting of travel restrictions and 8.9 percent. cent most appreciated the destination’s handling of the COVID situation.
Additionally, 8.3% were more confident of traveling due to health and safety protocols at destination, and 8% liked attractive offers.
However, the quarantine affects 18.6% of those surveyed, followed by changes in travel restrictions while traveling (14.2%) and an increase in COVID-19 cases in the destination (13.9% ).
Only 12.6% feared they would be infected during their trip, while 10% were bothered by the books and cancellation policies.
Previously, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that two in three Europeans confirmed that they plan to travel in the coming months, confirming that travelers’ confidence is gradually increasing. Polish nationals remain the most eager to travel (73%), followed by Spaniards (72%) and Italians (68.3%).