A study released by Hilton last October indicated that 95% of Americans miss traveling. But those who either can’t or won’t take a Covid vaccination may find themselves shut out of some routine travel experiences, such as flying, cruising and going to business conferences.
Though no country has announced a mandatory vaccination requirement yet, it’s “very possible” that some will once vaccinations become freely available, countries will have to balance the need for tourist income with the inherent coronavirus risks that travelers bring with them.
Large numbers of people plan to decline vaccination as of now, including in wealthy countries, such as the United States.
A survey released last month by market research firm Ipsos with the World Economic Forum showed that 69% of Americans were willing to get vaccinated against Covid-19, a 5% increase from October. Residents of other countries look likely to embrace the vaccine in higher numbers, including China (80%), Mexico (77%), the U.K. (77%) and Australia (75%). Residents of Russia (43%) and France (40%) showed the lowest intention to get vaccinated in the survey.
Global travel organizations are pushing for Covid-19 testing over vaccine mandates. Estimating a global vaccination rollout would take at least 12 to 24 months, the International Air Transport Association stated last month that it was “not an option” to wait for vaccines to reopen borders.
Lawrence Wong, Singapore’s minister for national development and co-chair of the country’s Covid-19 task force, said last week that vaccinated travelers may have their “stay-at-home” quarantine periods shortened or eliminated altogether.
In an interview with Channel News Asia, he said those who choose not to be vaccinated “have to live with more frequent tests … quarantines and … all of these other additional requirements.”
antas CEO Alan Joyce kicked off an international debate when he referred to vaccinations as a “necessity” for the airline’s international travelers last November, during an interview with Australia’s Nine News.
“Talking to my colleagues in other airlines around the globe, I think it’s going to be a common theme across the board,” he said.
On Dec. 3, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian told Today that he thinks vaccinations for international travel will eventually become a “requirement.”
It’s unlikely that hotels will require guests to be vaccinated, said Professor David Sherwyn of Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration. It’s also possible that hotel conferences may require entrants to be inoculated.
An executive at a high-end Indonesian resort said the hotel’s managementis considering requiring guests to be vaccinated once the country reopens to tourists. Though she declined to be named, pending the resort’s final decision on the matter, she said the staff feels such a mandate would attract rather than turn away the hotel’s affluent target market.
Cruises are “very likely” to require passengers to be vaccinated.
Source : CNBC