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Summer support for jabbed UK tourists across key countries

Key European destinations and the US back vaccinated UK travellers making visits this summer, according to new research.

More than half of people in Germany (55%), Spain (55%), France (61%), Italy (74%) and US (72%) support allowing at least vaccinated British tourists in without having to quarantine on arrival.

The figures include 13%-17% in each country who are happy for even unvaccinated British tourists to gain entry, the YouGov poll shows.

This represents a change from last summer when British tourists were found not to be welcome.


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The vaccination roll-out appears to have changed attitudes.

As many as two thirds of Britons (66%) support allowing at least fully jabbed tourists into the UK from the five foreign countries.

But Brits are much more wary of Chinese travellers, with 40% opposing all tourists from China regardless of vaccination status, the data shows.

YouGov said: “British wariness of tourists from China is mirrored in the other countries surveyed, all of which are more reluctant to admit Chinese travellers than tourists from Europe or America.

“There is, however, a lot of variance within these results – although more worried about Chinese tourists than European and American tourists, Italians still support their entry by 66% to 25%, while in Spain their admittance is opposed by 50% to 44%.

“This could reflect the greater importance of Chinese travellers to the Italian economy – in 2018 Italy received 3.2 million Chinese tourists, about five times as many as Spain did.”

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