COVID-19: Two in Three Europeans consider it unsafe to travel based on recent survey

A recent survey conducted by Oliver Wyman revealed that over 60 percent of people feel uneasy about travelling amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The US based international management consulting firm conducted this survey with a sample space of more than 5000 persons.

The IATA recently sighted Government imposed travel restrictions as a bane in the recovery of global air travel. International and domestic travel is on the upturn, however individuals remain apprehensive given the scale of transmission mitigation measures at borders.

The Oliver Wynam study sampled 9 of the world’s biggest markets including the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, China, Spain, Italy, Germany and France.

Spokespersons for the company stated that between 25 to 33 percent of people expressed discomfort with travelling when extensive interaction with others might take place. They however noted that this was a 20 percent improvement from the levels recorded in October of 2020.

They further intimated that the outlook for travel seemed much brighter but is being constrained by the slow pace of vaccinations in certain countries as well as trepidation relating to the new COVID-19 variants. Unharmonised government policies relating to travel restrictions is also considered a major constraint.

Many countries, including Canada, are opening their doors to vaccinated travellers.

Some countries on the other hand have no travel restrictions. Others like Australia have robust and stringent restrictions.

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