Half of US travelers say they prefer to visit destinations that require COVID vaccines

Credit: Brian Stauffer
Credit: Brian Stauffer

Of the Americans who are interested in traveling in 2021, the majority (76%) are as likely, if not more, to travel to a destination or with a travel provider that requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination, according to a new study by TPG. In fact, nearly half (49%) are more likely to travel to a destination or with a provider with this type of requirement.

TPG partnered with YouGov to survey more than 2,400 U.S. adults between March 1 and March 2, 2021, of whom 64% are eager to travel this year.

Though fewer travelers (34%) would be less likely to select destinations or providers with COVID-19 vaccine requirements, their concerns underscore common anxieties.

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Potential travelers who are deterred by vaccine passport requirements (including 42% of Americans who have a desire to travel but are unlikely to get the vaccine) were more likely to cite privacy issues (64%) than health concerns (46%) as reasons they might avoid destinations or travel providers requiring proof of vaccination.

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Some people described vaccine requirements as “intrusive” and an “inconvenience.” One person said, “The only one that should make decisions about my health is me — not a country, airline or any other business.”

But as destinations and travel providers search for ways to welcome back travelers, proof of vaccination will be a widespread and meaningful tool.

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