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Australians are “positive” about border reopening

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Australian travel sentiment surveyAlmost two-thirds of Australians (57%) feel positive about the upcoming opening of international borders, according to a new survey of 1,000 Australian adults commissioned by Savvy.

As for where people would go would be influenced by their destination country’s COVID mitigation policies. 48% said it would “very significantly” influence choice, with 31% saying it would significantly influence their choice – almost four in five respondents.

The reasons for going overseas are overwhelmingly recreational – 87% saying they are primarily leaving for a holiday or to meet family and friends. 3% said they would be returning home. As for when that would happen, 23% said within six to twelve months; 24% within one to two years. Only 2% of respondents said they’d jet off immediately.

As for where they’d like to travel the most, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands topped the survey (26%) followed by Asia (21%) and Europe (20%). Surprisingly, only 7% chose the United Kingdom, and 6% North America.

In light of Australians being stranded overseas due to tightened quarantine quotas or outbreaks in certain countries, 47% are worried about being stuck in their destination – which outweighs the worry of catching COVID-19 (31%).

The Vaccination Issue

64% of respondents said that they would feel uncomfortable boarding a flight with unvaccinated passengers. 59% of 55–64-year-olds reported they would feel “very uncomfortable” with the prospect. Only 18% of respondents said they would be comfortable sharing a flight with unvaccinated passengers.

43% said that the unvaccinated should get the jab before being allowed to travel. 48% of Sydneysiders agreed; as did 46% of Brisbanites. Perth and greater WA residents agreed strongly (49% and 52% respectively.)

Only a quarter said unvaccinated passengers should be allowed to travel, as long as they adhered to quarantine and travel rules. 20% said they should be allowed, provided they can produce a negative COVID test prior to boarding.

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