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People without vaccinations should be banned from travelling in holiday jets, says public

Charles Hymas
·2-min read
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The vast majority of people want bans on non-vaccinated people travelling on planes - and would be happy to share their vaccination details to be shared for a digital travel health app, an exclusive survey has revealed.

More than six in ten (61 per cent) say they are in favour of flights which only accept passengers who have been vaccinated, according to the survey of more than 2,100 people for the travel think tank Thrive.

Eight in ten (79 per cent) said they were happy for their vaccination details to be passed on by the NHS to a digital health app, for examination by airport officials in other countries.

The findings come as EU leaders indicated that the UK would be included in the EU-wide “vaccine passport” scheme which is designed to open up travel in time for this year’s summer holidays.

Watch: Should I book a holiday in 2021?

The public also appear resigned to the continued need for measures such as mask wearing to protect against Covid even after the roll out of the vaccine.

Three-quarters of UK adults interviewed (74 per cent) felt it would be reasonable to be expected to wear a facemask on a plane, even after having had the vaccine.

Nine in ten UK adults said they intended to fly abroad at some point in the future, with over two-thirds (69 per cent) saying they would fly abroad this year if the vaccination programme is fully rolled out. This is up from 53 per cent when last surveyed in December 2020.

Sania Haq, Research Director for Thrive, said: “These findings suggest consumers are now conditioned to ongoing social distancing measures which reduce transmission and prevent the spreading of Covid-19.

“It is also clear that few are worried about any privacy issues regarding their vaccination details if it means they can seamlessly access other countries and travel for business or leisure.”

The survey also raised concerns over the level of compliance with quarantine: 80 per cent said they would actively try to get around the rules in order to avoid hotel quarantine for 10 nights.

Some 78 per cent of those intending to fly abroad this year said they would consider the option of re-routing their return journey to avoid having to spend time in an hotel and avoid the cost of up to £1,750 per person.

Watch: What are the new hotel quarantine rules in the UK?