Distant dream: Cadiz in southwest Spain, expected to be on the ‘amber list’ of nations when travel from the UK is allowed from 17 May
Distant dream: Cadiz in southwest Spain, expected to be on the ‘amber list’ of nations when travel from the UK is allowed from 17 May

Most Britons will stay in UK this summer, government survey reveals

Exclusive: Barely half of Britain’s international travellers feel comfortable about going abroad this summer

Simon Calder
Travel Correspondent
Thursday 15 April 2021 12:37
Comments

Hopes in the travel industry that businesses could be rescued by “pent-up demand” for overseas holidays look shaky, according to a government survey of holidaymakers’ plans.

All non-essential international travel from the UK is currently illegal.

The government has made it clear that for journeys from England at least that will change from 17 May – with a “traffic light” system, in which countries are assigned to red, amber or green depending on the degree of perceived risk.

Airlines, tour operators and travel agents are pinning their hopes for summer 2021 on a surge of bookings and journeys as soon as international holidays abroad are allowed.

But a survey of over 2,200 UK adults conducted for the Department for Transport (DfT) by Ipsos Mori in late March found barely half of Britain’s international travellers are happy about going abroad this summer.

Of 1,200 people who took at least one foreign holiday in 2019, just 51 per cent “feel comfortable going on a leisure trip abroad” between June and September.

Almost as many – 46 per cent – feel uncomfortable, with just three per cent undecided.

Only one on five of the adults surveyed said they would be likely to travel abroad if they had to self-isolate at home for 10 days on arrival, though this rose from 20 to 28 per cent among 2019 holidaymakers.

The quarantine requirement will apply to arrivals from countries rated “amber” by the UK government. Initially, most nations are expected to be in this category.

Arrivals from green list countries will need to provide a negative Covid test result before departure to the UK and pre-book a PCR test to be taken shortly after arrival.

On Wednesday the aviation minister, Robert Courts, told MPs on the Transport Select Committee that the traffic light categories will not be decided before early May.

“We are giving as much notice as we can,” he said.

A survey of 1,000 British travellers by Booking.com suggests that 64 per cent will not travel internationally until they have been vaccinated. The figure rises to 76 per cent for those aged 55-plus, all of whom should have been offered at least one jab.

The latest figures from Eurocontrol indicate a decline in the number of departures and arrivals at UK airports.

On Wednesday 1,146 flights operated, a drop of 4 per cent in two weeks. In 2019, the daily average was 6,176 – over five times higher.

Also at the Transport Select Committee, the general secretary of the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa), Brian Strutton, warned: “I struggle to see how some regional airports are going to survive.”

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in