People are open to stringent screening if it means they can travel again

People are open to stringent screening if it means they can travel again

Would you be willing to undergo stringent screening, tracking and testing procedures if it meant you could travel again?

If so, you are not alone.

A new survey by Global Rescue has found that travellers are now more willing to succumb to measures they might previously have found objectionable – if it means they can get back in the air.

A passenger at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan. A new survey suggests that many people expect to be travelling again by July. Courtesy EPA
A passenger at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan. A new survey suggests that many people expect to be travelling again by July. Courtesy EPA

Out of the 1,300 respondents, 91 per cent said they would be willing to subject themselves to screening and testing; 73 per cent are willing to disclose medical conditions related to a compromised immune system; 93 per cent are willing to share their past 14-day travel history; and 58 per cent are willing to have their physical location tracked and traced, even if that data is temporarily retained.

Many travellers are planning to hit the road again this summer and they are willing to share personal medical history and travel plans

The survey also offered an insight into when people expect to be traveling again.

It discovered that people are relatively optimistic about a return to some form of normalcy: 41 per cent expect to make their next trip by July or earlier; 77 per cent are expecting to make a trip by the end of October; and 36 per cent are planning their initial trip sometime between August and October.

Less than 9 per cent of people think their earliest post-pandemic trip will be in November and December, while less than 7 per cent expect to make their first trip sometime between January and March 2021.

Only 7 per cent predict that their next trip won’t be until sometime after April 2021.

“Many travellers are planning to hit the road again this summer and they are willing to share personal medical history and travel plans to help keep themselves and those around them safe,” says Dan Richards, chief executive of Global Rescue, a provider of medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management services.

Respondents also revealed their travel priorities in a post-Covid world, and what their plans are for their first post-lockdown journeys.

Twice as many people plan to take domestic trips, over international, as their first trip.

Nearly 75 per cent of people said their initial trips would be family vacations, leisure trips to visit friends, or destination getaways. Fewer than 10 per cent expect their first trips to be for business only.

Updated: April 26, 2020 03:02 PM





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