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Travel trends in the corona era

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has conducted a survey among 4,700 travelers in 11 countries. It reveals among other things that there is some public support for travel restrictions.

Main results

* 88% believe that when opening borders, the right balance must be struck between managing COVID-19 risks and getting the economy going again.
* 85% believe that governments should set COVID-19 targets (such as testing capacity
or vaccine distribution) to re-open borders.
* 84% believe that COVID-19 will not disappear. We need to manage its risks while
living and traveling normally.
* 68% agree that their quality of life has suffered with travel restrictions.
* 49% believe that air travel restrictions have gone too far.

Public support for travel restrictions

The IATA’s interpretation of the results is that there is public support for travel restrictions and that people feel more comfortable with managing the risks of COVID-19. However, they are also frustrated with the loss of freedom to travel: 68% indicate their quality of life is suffering. Almost 40% of respondents report mental stress and missing an important human moment as a result of travel restrictions. And ⅓ say that restrictions prevent them from doing business normally.

Future travel

As to future travel trends the survey's main results are:

* 57% expect to be traveling within 2 months of the pandemic being contained.
* 72% want to travel to see family and friends as soon as possible.
* 81% believe they will be more likely to travel once they will be vaccinated.
* 84% say they will not travel if there is a chance of quarantine at destination.
* 56% believe they will postpone travel until the economy stabilizes.

Back to normal takes time

The IATA concludes there are indications that the pick-up in business travel will take time with 62% of respondents saying they are likely to travel less for business even after the virus is contained.

Related: COVID-19 and borders

Tags: travel restrictions, quality of life, COVID-19, future travel

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