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A quarter of people plan trips abroad for family reasons, poll shows

Almost a quarter of people plan to travel abroad in 2021 or 2022 for family reasons, while 28% would like to a foreign holiday, according to new research.

As many as two-fifths (40%) have not seen those family members for more than 19 months due to the pandemic, rising to 54% among the 55-plus age group, the poll by travel insurer Battleface found.

As speculation mounts as to whether double vaccinated Britons will be exempt from quarantine on return from amber destinations, further research showed that almost three quarters (74%) are prepared to complete a full vaccination programme in order to travel internationally this summer.

Almost half (48%) of those planning a summer holiday this year are considering Spain, while similar numbers are looking at other amber list destinations, including Italy and Portugal both at 46%; Greece at 45% and 42% are thinking about a holiday in France. 

People are also prepared to pay three times more for testing now than they were three months ago.

A Battleface spokeswoman said: Katie Crowe said: “It is clear from our latest data that there is a huge appetite for the return of international travel.

“While there are many Brits looking forward to an overseas holiday, there are even greater numbers who want to reconnect with family members who they haven’t seen in over a year.

“We hope very much that families who have been kept apart due to ongoing travel restrictions will be reunited as soon as possible.”

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