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Holidays: UK travellers ‘crying out’ for shorter quarantine period for overseas travel

A recent Skyscanner poll which surveyed more than 3,500 people has shown that 44 percent of UK travellers said a shorter quarantine time on return to the UK would make them more likely to travel abroad. The figures may come as no surprise to those who have travelled overseas only to face 14 days in quarantine on their return to the UK. Quarantine has also been cited as the second most important factor in deciding whether to book travel or not, according to survey respondents.

Jo McClintock, Brand Director at Skyscanner said that a lot of people are desperate for a holiday abroad after lockdown and that shorter quarantine times would further boost consumer confidence.

She said: “As we’ve seen with the vaccine news and the positive impact it’s had on travel bookings, there is a real appetite from post lockdown holidaymakers to get out and explore as soon as they can and it’s safe to do so.

“Shorter quarantine lengths are another measure that we would expect to have a direct impact on traveller confidence.

“At Skyscanner, we really care about what matters most to our travellers and it’s clear from our research that the majority of UK travellers are crying out for a shorter quarantine period for travel to their favourite destinations again.”

Ms McClinktock also revealed that travellers are increasingly booking flights at the last minute.

“As well as flexibility around destinations, we’re increasingly seeing travellers wait until the last minute to book their flights and opting for flexible ticket options in order to continue to travel in the current climate with confidence,” she added.

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