Despite coronavirus-related curbs existing around the globe, Brits are the most likely nationality in the world – alongside Singaporeans – to say travel restrictions are preventing them from travelling right now, new research from YouGov reveals.
The data collected by YouGov’s Global Travel Profiles tool from across 25 countries, and almost 17,000 people, shows that two thirds (67 per cent) of British people say that the current regulations are preventing them from travelling. This compares to 58 per cent who say that health concerns are doing the same.
In most markets around the world, these factors are ranked the other way around, with health concerns outweighing restrictions as a reason not to travel.
British and Emirati travellers are looking forward to travel
Despite the current restrictions tying would-be travellers down, many Brits are looking forward to travelling in the coming year. While three in ten (30 per cent) are planning to travel abroad over the next 12 months, far more (43 per cent) are planning a domestic holiday. However, YouGov’s data shows that a significant number (29 per cent) do not plan to travel at all in the next year.
Elsewhere, 48 per cent of those polled in the UAE confirmed their intent to travel, with Saudi Arabia coming in a close second with 46 per cent of respondents confirming their intent to travel abroad in 2021.
Japan and China least likely to travel internationally in 2021
Denmark, Norway and Germany rounded off the top five places with 36 per cent, 34 per cent and 31 per cent respectively, of people with an intent to travel overseas, while Japan at five per cent, China at 10 per cent, and the US on 14 per cent were the least likely to travel internationally in 2021.
Meanwhile, a survey from Skyscanner reveals that a shortened quarantine period would make Brits keener to travel abroad. The survey highlights that 44 per cent of Brits asked would be more likely to travel abroad if there was a shorter quarantine time upon their return to the UK.