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83% of Americans would be happy to carry digital COVID-19 health data in order to travel

  • More than half of US survey participants (54%), surveyed by Skyscanner in conjunction with OnePoll stated they would be happy to carry digital health information if it allowed them to travel 
  • Over a quarter (29%) said they would be happy to do so if it meant they were able to avoid quarantine restrictions 
  • Only 1 in 10 said they would not be happy to carry digital health information in order to travel 
  • Survey results follow announcements from governments around the world on the opening of borders and calls for universal health certification 

London, February 26, 2021: Skyscanner has today released new research which reveals that US travelers are open to carrying digital health information if it allows them to travel. 
The new research, conducted by Skyscanner and OnePoll also shed light on travelers’ perception about the roles vaccines will play in future travel: 

  • Being vaccinated was the most popular option for travelers surveyed when asked about what would give them confidence to take an international trip (39%) 
  • A third of participants (36%) stated they’d feel more confident about travel if their airline had a health pass scheme in place and required passengers to prove they meet negative testing requirements 
  • A third of participants (33%) would be more confident about travel if their destination required all travellers and or guests to be vaccinated 

Mark Crossey, US Traveller Expert at Skyscanner commented: 
“We’ve seen interest in certain destinations and travel in general change in line with the evolving rules and regulations, and there have been spikes in activity on our site following news of vaccine readiness and distribution. Bookings have been increasing since the vaccine rollout began. It’s clear that Americans are paying attention to the news agenda and travel landscape and reacting as it changes. The findings in this study clearly show an interest and willingness to embrace new protocols if they enable safe and seamless travel. “We know from our data and speaking to our customers that there’s a lot of pent-up wanderlust following a year spent at home, and Americans have been dreaming of their favorite international destinations. We expect US travelers to approach new health and safety measures for travel in much the same way as they have in the past, embracing any reasonable measures that allow them more freedom, as well as safety.” 

Skyscanner has implemented new services to provide the most up-to-date advice for travelers during the pandemic including dedicated advice pages to support travelers during the COVID-19 pandemic, flexible booking policy filters for flights and hotels for last minute changes, and airline hygiene safety and hotel cleanliness ratings, to help travelers stay up to date with the latest details and to ensure they have peace of mind when it’s time to travel and safe to do. Skyscanner also allows travellers to set up price alerts so they’re shown when there is a deal available on their chosen route. 

Notes to editors
Skyscanner and OnePoll surveyed 1000 US respondents respectively (aged +18) between 20th – 23rd February 2021. The survey was conducted online via the OnePoll website, polling panel members who are paid to participate in surveys.