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How travel will change in 2021? Without a doubt, the year 2020 was very different compared to 2019. But what about 2021?
Is it going to follow the same footsteps with worldwide restrictions and travel bans?
The Covid19 had a damaging effect on every single industry. The exceptions would be supermarkets and delivery companies, as they only gained demand in their products and services. According to Sky News, companies like Just Eat, are not making people redundant but creating new jobs instead.
So there is still hope. But what about the hospitality sector? How travel is changing?
We will outline below our top points on how the travel will change this year.
This goes without saying, a new obligatory health “accessory” for everyone. Wherever you travel or go out for groceries, face masks are now mandatory requirements in most countries. Yes, there are still some debates like in the US wherever they are effective or not, and some people refuse to wear them just because they don’t want to embrace “new normal”. It is not a problem for the East side of the world, where the Asian countries like China, Japan, and even Korea have been wearing these masks as a fashion accessory way before the pandemic.
Health checks are another mandatory procedure that’s been introduced in airports across the world. Visitors must have negative test results and may have to self isolate for up to 10 days. We predict that this will be not just in 2021 but will become a “new normal” in the next 3-4 years. As some countries already rolled out mass vaccination, it is possible that the Covid19 won’t disappear completely from the face of the Earth and will come back during various “times of the year”. Perhaps it will be treated similar to “flu” in the future, but with an actual cure.
It may be that social distancing is the only benefit that the new travellers will experience throughout 2021 and the years to come. The planes are half-empty, including trains, lounges, hotels & restaurants. The quantity is not the main priority anymore for these services, but quality and safety is. Expect to see fewer people in the tourist attractions, including some leisure facilities, being partially open or even completely closed until further notice. Of course, this can be unfair to those who pay the same price for current “limited services” compared to full services and experiences in previous years.
More and more people now check the Travel advice within their own countries first, before looking at the others. If you are living in the United Kingdom, then you will know that the country introduced a Tier system, which marks the areas with higher and lower covid cases. Travel between Tier 1 and Tier 2 is allowed, but non-essential travel between Tier 3 and Tier 4 is banned. As of today, the United Kingdom imposed its 3rd National lockdown, meaning that all non-essential travel is now prohibited for the next 4 weeks at least. In 2021 we expect people to travel within their own countries more and experience their tourist attractions and getaway destinations. Places they know exist but never visited simply because they treat them as their “home”. We believe that people will travel domestically first, before braving up and stepping outside their countries border. For your future travel inspirations, check out our unique collection of accommodation properties near you!
Every country will have its requirements in regards to international travel and transit. And these rules are changing monthly, so hard to say exactly which countries are open for tourism and which are not. Some countries require all tourists to self isolate upon arrival, some don’t. Travel between countries where self-isolation upon arrival is not required is called “travel corridors”. You can check the Official Government Website for an up to date list of travel corridors, where self-isolation is not required upon arrival to the UK.
Due to the significant decrease in income within the travel and hospitality sector, there are many new good “deals” and “vouchers” available from leisure operators. The London accommodation rates dropped almost twice in value, airline economy and business class tickets have discounted prices. Third-party booking platforms and tour operators offering flexible rates, or flexible cancellation terms. Some even offer options like “buy now – pay later”. We predict that these encouraging travel promotions are just the beginning.
There is hope. Yes, the time will come when we will be able to enjoy traveling as we used to and book our holidays without checking any travel advice for countries we want to visit. This will all be possible once we will have complete control of the Covid19. In 2002 some nations experienced a similar pandemic from SARS. In 2003 the SARS disease was brought under control.
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