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Travel trend during pandemic: what about quarantine-free holidays for the vaccinated travelers

Research by hotel booking platform, hoo, has found that promises of quarantine-free travel for those who have received both their COVID-19 vaccinations has failed to boost holidaymaker confidence for a trip abroad this summer.

hoo’s foreign holiday intent tracker found that back in January, 88% of UK holidaymakers had no plans of heading abroad this summer. With talk of the travel ban lifting, this did fall to 65% in March, however, the latest results show that 90% of us will stick to our staycations in 2021.

Just 10% of us are now planning a trip abroad despite the latest announcements that those with both COVID jabs will not have to quarantine even after visiting an amber list destination.

Despite this latest reassurance from the government, hoo also found that 72% of those contemplating a foreign holiday will still stick to green list destinations when they do travel.

However, the promise of a quarantine-free holiday has had one positive impact. A third (28%) of those asked stated that the ability to skip quarantine when they return home has made them more likely to get their COVID vaccinations sorted.

hoo Co-founder, Adrian Murdock, commented: “There’s no doubt that last week’s announcement will have helped boost the hopes of the travel and tourism industry that some form of stability may return this summer.

However, it seems as though more UK holidaymakers are sticking with their plans for another summer of staycations than they were in January, despite the removal of quarantine measures for those who have received both doses of their COVID vaccination.

You can’t really blame them, to be honest, with many falling foul of an ever-changing traffic light list while on holiday, not to mention the additional hoops that need to be jumped through and the continued risk of catching COVID itself.

While we’re all desperate to get away it seems as though the predominant choice will be to sit tight and enjoy the fantastic offerings on our doorstep for one more summer, at least.”

Survey of 1,282 UK population carried out by hoo (13th July 2021)

Do you plan to holiday abroad this summer now that restrictions have been relaxed for those who have had a double dose vaccination against COVID?
Answer 28th January 2021 4th March 2021 13th May 2021 13th July
No 88% 65% 86% 90%
Yes 12% 14% 14% 10%
If restrictions are actually lifted N/A 21% N/A N/A


Will you still stick to green list destinations despite this relaxation in restrictions?
Answer Totals
Yes 73%
No 27%
Has the ability to travel without quarantine (if vaccinated) made you more likely to get your COVID vaccines?
Answer Totals
Yes 28%
No 72%

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