More than half of European nationals have revealed that the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate has played a key role in convincing them to travel amid pandemic, the European Travel Commission (ETC) report shows.
The survey was conducted during the last three waves of infection with COVID-19, from February 2020 to September 2021 and included 5,769 respondents from ten countries: the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Austria, France, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Switzerland and Netherlands, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“The importance of the EU Digital COVID Certificate correlates positively with respondent’s attitudes towards strict health and safety protocols: 69 per cent of those who strongly agree/agree with the COVID Certificate’s utility feel much safer with such measures vs. only 11 per cent of those who strongly disagree,” the report reads.
Furthermore, about 57.8 per cent of the people have agreed EUDCC has facilitated travelling, 24.3 per cent were neutral, and 18 per cent disagreed.
Nationals of Netherlands were among those that agreed the least on the matter with 28.2 per cent compared to Spaniards, 72.4 per cent out of which witnessed the importance of EUDCC on travelling.
Among those that favour the EUDCC are Italians (65.1 per cent pro and 12.4 per cent against), Germans (63.1 per cent vs. 14.5 per cent) and Poles (58.8 per cent vs. 6 per cent).
Belgians (55.8 per cent vs. 20.4 per cent), French (55.7 per cent vs. 19.3 per cent) and Austria (55 per cent vs. 19 per cent) stand in the middle whereas Britons, Swiss (50.9 per cent vs. 24.1 per cent) and Dutch (44.6 per cent pro) remain on the bottom of this list. A quarter of Britons were neutral on the matter, scoring the highest percentage points.
Moreover, 48 per cent of respondents, who were over 18 years old, admit they would travel once they were immunized against the life-threatening COVID-19 virus, whereas 21.5 per cent were sceptical about travelling regardless of vaccination status. In addition, 30.8 per cent were neutral, which is ten per cent more compared to the previous assessment.
More than half of respondents (54.8 per cent) agreed that vaccine rollout of the country of origin had supported their confidence of travelling, whereas 24.4 per cent were neutral and 20.7 per cent claimed they were neutral to the matter.
Furthermore, 15.4 per cent of respondents revealed that their top travel confidence is getting vaccinated for COVID-19, 12.2 per cent appreciated flexible cancellation policies, 9.9 per cent considered to be more confident to travel due to fully-lifted travel restriction, and 8.9 per cent valued the most destination’s management of the COVID situation.
Moreover, 8.3 per cent were more confident to travel due to health and safety protocols at the destination, and eight per cent liked the attractive deals.
However, going into quarantine concerns 18.6 per cent of respondents, followed by changes in travel restrictions during trips (14.2 per cent) and rising COVID-19 cases in the destination (13.9 per cent).
Only 12.6 per cent were concerned about getting infected during their trip, whereas ten per cent were bothered by books and cancellation policies.
Previously, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that two in three Europeans confirmed they plan to travel in the next months, which confirms the traveller’s confidence is gradually increasing. Nationals of Poland remain the most eager to travel (73 per cent), followed by Spaniards (72 per cent) and Italians (68.3 per cent).