Tourism recovery is hampered not only by quarantine, but also by confusion with Covid-19 certificates, experts of the British consulting company GlobalData came to this conclusion.
By far the main reason why travelers postpone travel is to sit in isolation, 58% of respondents said. At the same time, 55% said that constantly changing restrictions and rules are a serious problem for them.
“Vaccines were supposed to be a tool to help rebuild the travel industry and a glimpse of hope for the industry. However, fragmented rules and a lack of reciprocal agreements continue to restrict travel, ”said Gus Gardner, junior travel and tourism analyst at GlobalData. “Travelers are confused about how to prove their vaccination status, as different countries have different rules. On some destinations, travelers need to go through several obstacles to prove their vaccinated status, and if they are traveling to multiple countries, the process is often different. Even if the restrictions seem to have eased, the difficulty of confirming vaccinations is still an obstacle, ”the expert explained.
GlobalData notes that some countries require digital certificates, while others require paper certificates, which further complicates the situation. The lack of digitized data in some states makes it difficult to confirm the status of the vaccinated. As a result, travelers choose destinations with the most understandable and simple entry rules, or are limited to domestic travel. “If action is not taken soon, it could potentially stifle international demand, as the rules could be too complex to understand, and as a result, the restoration of directions could be stalled,” Gardner warned.
As for other reasons to postpone travel until better times, 50% of respondents are still afraid of contracting Covid-19 during a trip, 29% refer to financial problems, 27% of respondents lack a choice among available destinations, the same number stay at home feeling socially responsible , another 16% are concerned about sustainable development issues.