Covid travel documents are now a top priority for those planning a holiday – almost half fear their trip will be canceled by the time they board the plane
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Millions of travelers admit they are now cramming their holiday preparations into just days – amid fears that Covid will cancel the trip at the last minute.
A study of 2,000 travelers found that before the pandemic, the average holidaymaker spent three months planning, packing and preparing for their trip before departing.
But 42% admit they are now putting off holiday preparations until the last minute, despite being super organized in the days leading up to the pandemic.
And 31% are cramming everything into the last few days, with 43% fearing it will be canceled by the moment they board the plane.
Almost seven in ten are concerned they will catch Covid in the 10 days leading up, with one in three confident they will catch it before they leave.
And half think they’ll jinx things if they start organizing ahead of time.
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The study was commissioned by Medicspot, which provides Covid-19 Recovery Certificates to travel.
A spokesman said: “Holidays have been a novelty for so long – people are anxious until the very last day before travel.
“However, Brits certainly have an appetite to go on holiday after the pandemic and the majority are willing to plan ahead to ensure they have the safest trip possible.”
The study found that printing travel documents, keeping passports current and arranging travel were among the top priorities for adults when planning vacations.
A third also said checking their travel destination’s Covid restrictions is a key priority for them before going abroad, while one in four makes sure they arrange their Covid tests and certificates of recovery.
However, almost one in five adults has been on vacation without purchasing travel insurance or worrying about the correct exchange rate.
And one in ten admits that they have not even thought about how to get to their accommodation.
But no matter how hard they prepare, a third says there’s always mishap.
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It also found that nearly three-quarters (72%) of adults think vacations need to be carefully planned, with 82% believing people need to act now to change their plans.
When it comes to booking international travel, one in five feel completely confident booking a holiday regardless of Covid, with 29% still interested in going on holiday despite concerns about the virus.
However, a quarter (24%) will avoid booking international travel until they feel safe.
Medicspot’s spokesperson added: “Despite the easing of restrictions, there is a sense of preparation among people to ensure they have the safest holiday.
“The pandemic and Covid have only escalated this, with tests and certificates of recovery a key priority on people’s holiday list.
“But the current climate shouldn’t stop people from having the journey of a lifetime, especially after a few intense years of the pandemic.”
TOP 10 LIST OF HOLIDAY PLANNING PRIORITIES:
- Print out all relevant documents
- Make sure your passports are current
- take out travel insurance
- What to pack myself
- Have the money changed into the correct currency
- What the Covid restrictions will look like
- What holiday essentials do I need
- How the weather will be
- How to get to the airport
- Mediation of Covid tests, recovery certificates, etc.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/travel/holidaymakers-leave-prep-last-minute-26742241 Millions of holidaymakers are now leaving travel preparations to the last minute - because of Covid fears