The latest research by Butter, the UK’s only Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) travel agency, has found that the traffic light tier system for foreign holidays is adding to the Covid confusion of UK holidaymakers.
Currently, just a handful of countries sit on the government-approved green list, allowing holidaymakers the opportunity to travel without needing to quarantine either in a hotel or at home on their return.
Although the travel ban has been lifted, the government sowed further seeds of confusion last week when it released an update warning holidaymakers against travel to amber list destinations unless absolutely necessary.
51% confused by traffic light tier system
No surprise then, that Butter’s latest gauge of sentiment found that half of us find the current traffic light system confusing, with 51% struggling to work out where they stand when it comes to where they can travel.
This confusion has also added to the already trickier task of travelling abroad, with Butter finding that just a third of holidaymakers are completely aware of what is required from them when travelling to green, amber or red list destination.
38% were partly confident, while as many as 31% were unaware of the need to quarantine, as well as other requirements such as providing a negative Covid test when travelling.
86% want amber and red list travel ban
However, Butter’s research also suggests that this government-induced confusion may be completely unnecessary, to begin with. When asked if they think the government should ban travel to red and amber list destinations, a notable 86% answered yes, preferring there to be just one list of destinations where they can travel.
Timothy Davis, Co-Founder and CEO of Butter, commented: “We’re living in very tricky times at present and it’s easy to criticise the government’s handling of the pandemic. What is reassuring is that they are at least trying to encourage travel abroad this summer, although many remain hopeful that we will see more destinations transition from amber to green.
The latest government information on travelling to amber list destinations will have no doubt caused more confusion and uncertainty and so for many, the decision to travel abroad this summer is likely to be a last-minute one.
We’ve already seen a notable jump in the number of people choosing to jet off immediately in case the travel ban should be reintroduced later in the year, spreading the cost even after they’ve travelled. This has allowed them to secure some summer sun without the financial constraints of paying the full balance upfront.”
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