Consumers are increasingly concerned about having to quarantine if they take holidays abroad as well as sudden changes to Foreign Office travel advice.
The latest research from Abta shows that 80% of consumers are worried about having to quarantine for 14 days when they home from a foreign holiday.
While an even higher number of people – 93% - say they are concerned about potential last-minute changes to FCDO travel advice.
The latest research comes after Turkey and Poland were removed from the UK’s travel corridor list on Thursday (1 October), meaning that those returning to the UK from these destinations will now have to quarantine for 14 days. FCDO is also advising against all non-essential travel to Turkey and Poland.
An Abta spokesperson said: “The removal of Turkey and Poland from the travel corridors list is a massive blow for the travel industry. This coupled with popular winter-sun destinations, like the Canary Islands, still on the quarantine list only piles the pressure on a struggling sector.
“Many travel businesses are in precarious position and will find it difficult to survive unless the government acts now with tailored support to assist the travel industry.”
Abta continued its calls for a “fully regionalised approach” to quarantine and FCDO advice, alongside a testing regime for Covid-19
“Those measures are vital to enable businesses to salvage something from a terrible year for travel,” added Abta.