Monday, 05 Jun 2023

Data Shows Impact of US Pre-Departure Testing Travel Recovery

Inbound travelers to the U.S. are deterred by pre-departure testing requirements.

Data Shows Impact of US Pre-Departure Testing Travel Recovery

The U.S. Travel Association continues to call on the government to eliminate pre-departure testing for travelers to the United States.

The association is backing up its request with solid data that shows how this testing requirement is deterring travelers and preventing the recovery of the travel industry.

The survey, conducted by Morning Consult, polled vaccinated international travelers in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan and India.

Nearly half of respondents (47 percent) who are unlikely to travel abroad in the next 12 months cited pre-departure testing requirements as a reason they would not visit the U.S.

More than half of international travelers (54 percent) said the added uncertainty of potentially having to cancel a trip due to U.S. pre-departure testing requirements would have a big impact on their likelihood to visit the U.S.

Additionally, a large majority of adults surveyed (71 percent) agreed they prioritize traveling to destinations without cumbersome entry requirements, including 29 percent who strongly agree.

There is still time, according to the U.S. Travel Association, to save the summer travel season.

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