Six in ten UK adults would be put off from travelling abroad if they had to quarantine afterwards, and a fifth have already scrapped holidays.
That’s according to Office for National Statistics, in its latest survey of the economic impact of Covid-19.
The ONS found that over 6 in 10 adults (62%) said they were very unlikely to travel abroad on holiday if they had to self-isolate at home for two weeks upon their return to the UK.
The survey also found that 1 in 5 adults (20%) have already cancelled travel plans abroad because of this need to self-isolate.
This survey took place after the UK imposed quarantine restrictions on people arriving from Spain (but obviously before France and the Netherlands were added last night).
The ONS explains: “This week, we asked adults how likely or unlikely they were to travel abroad on holiday if they had to self-isolate at home for two weeks upon their return to the UK. Of all adults, 1 in 10 (10%) said they were likely or very likely to travel with the knowledge that they would have to self-isolate for 14 days, however, 62% of respondents said they were very unlikely to travel if this were the case.
“We also asked all adults how the possibility of having to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning home from holidays abroad had affected their travel plans. Of all adults, 1 in 5 (20%) reported that they had cancelled their travel plans and 14% said they had decided to holiday in the UK instead of travelling abroad this year.”