Survey: Covid vaccines will give many the confidence to travel

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Covid-19 vaccines are likely to give many the confidence to travel again, a survey from Allianz Partners has found.
Covid-19 vaccines are likely to give many the confidence to travel again, a survey from Allianz Partners has found. Photo Credit: BaLL LunLa/Shutterstock.com

Covid-19 vaccines are likely to give many the confidence to travel again, a survey from Allianz Partners has found.

According to Allianz, of the 3,500 customers it surveyed, 67% said getting a vaccine will make them feel safe enough to travel again. 

"It is a huge accomplishment to have three highly effective Covid-19 vaccines in distribution throughout the U.S.," Daniel Durazo, director of marketing and communications at Allianz Partners USA, said in a statement. "Our survey finds that increased traveler confidence is a direct result of improved vaccine availability, and we are pleased to see how vaccines will impact the recovery of the travel industry and travelers' vacation plans in 2021 and beyond."

Close behind vaccines, 66% of respondents reported that health and safety measures -- like requiring masks on airplanes and in airports -- will make them feel safe to travel again.

Other measures those surveyed said will make them feel safe enough to travel included blocked seats or limited capacity on modes of transportation (59%); advanced sanitization efforts at airports, hotels, etc. (58%); others receiving a Covid-19 vaccine (47%); declining cases at their destination (44%); and required proof of negative Covid tests before travel (41%).

Allianz compared this latest survey to one conducted in the fall, when 58% of respondents said receiving vaccines would be their top choice in what makes them feel safe enough to travel again.

The number of respondents who said they weren't sure when they would next travel again dropped since the fall survey, to 21% from 32%, Allianz said. The percentage of respondents who anticipate traveling in the next one to three months increased from 13% to 19%, and those planning travel within the next four to six months increased from 12% to 18%.

The majority planning travel (56%) are planning trips within the continental U.S. for their next trip, followed by Mexico, the Caribbean or Hawaii (21%) and Europe (15%). Most, 70%, plan to fly to their next destination.

Allianz ran its survey from Feb. 10 to March 31. "Travel" was defined to respondents as a trip to a destination more than 100 miles from their home, lasting at least two nights.

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