Travellers not keen on overseas trips because of coronavirus concerns

Many people will avoid travelling abroad over the next 12 months because of Covid-19 concerns, according to new research.

In total, 36 per cent of travellers said they would stay at home for some time yet before venturing overseas again.

In a study for personal finance comparison website finder.com, six per cent of 2,000 people polled suggested they will never travel abroad again because of the pandemic.

The majority of Brits with this view are more elderly – with 35 per cent planning to boycott travel altogether.

However, not everyone intends to shun international trips. Over half of those surveyed expect to make plans over the next 12 months with another 24 per cent aiming to jet away before the end of this year. 

In 2021, a further 16 per cent of people surveyed say they will start to travel abroad again and an additional 18 per cent plan to do so in the later half of 2021.

But 10 per cent claim it will take a vaccine or treatment for Cvoid-19 before they travel internationally within the next 12 months.

Of those with travel plans abroad, two-in-five said they they would avoid going to Asia, Africa and South America.

Northern Europe appeared to be the most popular destination, with only 13 per cent of travellers planning to avoid countries in this area.

Commenting on the research, Danny Butler, insurance expert at finder.com, said: “It’s not surprising that the pandemic has caused many Brits to change their views on travelling abroad.

“Those who are going to be travelling abroad should err on the side of caution when it comes to travel insurance.

“If you want to be adequately protected on your next trip, it’s important to have a policy that includes emergency medical treatment and repatriation as a minimum.

“Since guidance on travel is rapidly changing, the best thing to do is contact your provider directly before taking out a policy.”

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