Confusing rules putting Britons off travelling abroad, new research finds

Charles Hymas
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More than half (56 per cent) of the 2,152 adults surveyed found it difficult to understand the current options for travel - Getty
More than half (56 per cent) of the 2,152 adults surveyed found it difficult to understand the current options for travel - Getty

Confusion over the the complex rules and regulations for flying in the Covid pandemic is deterring people from travel, a new survey has found.

The research for Skyscanner, the comparison site for flights, found more than half (56 per cent) of the 2,152 adults surveyed found it difficult to understand the current options for travel.

Of those, more than three quarters (77 per cent) said this was putting them off travelling altogether, according to the polling by market intelligence firm AudienceNet.

Travellers have to negotiate a myriad of travel restrictions, quarantining and travel corridors to plan holidays or business trips with most countries operating different regimes. 

The UK is about to change its requirements, from December 15, when travellers will be able to leave quarantine from the fifth day once they have paid for and received back a negative Covid test result.

Many have also introduced requirements for Covid tests but even within that there are variations with different timings and types of technology stipulated.

However, news of a vaccine being rolled out has resulted in 41 per cent of the population feeling increased confidence in the prospect of travelling abroad, within the next six months. 

This nascent confidence is backed up by Skyscanner search data for travel within 7 – 30 days from the UK, which shows a 62 per cent week-on-week increase in flight searches for the week commencing November 20. 

Jo McClintock, a Skyscanner director, said: “People want to travel and we know there is pent-up demand from the searches we are seeing for flights and for more information; but confidence has been hit by the lack of consistency between countries worldwide regarding measures and restrictions. 

“Consumers just do not understand the complex rules and are crying out for transparent, detailed information.”

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