For the most part, Asia-Pacific residents can travel again.
But some are more confident packing than others.
Confidence in travel is “diverse and nuanced” in the region, according to a new survey commissioned by travel website Booking.com.
About 11,000 people in the region were surveyed about their comfort levels and concerns, as well as their willingness to tolerate the kinds of disruptions that have become common since the pandemic began.
The results of the survey were published in Booking.com’s inaugural ‘Travel Trust Index’, which ranked places from most to least trusted.
The main findings of the study include:
No. 1: India
According to the survey, Indians emerged as the most confident in travel. Some 86% of respondents indicated plans to travel within 12 months, a number second only to those in China, although travel to both countries is expected to be largely domestic.
Additionally, 70% of respondents indicated they would accept expected travel disruptions, the highest in the survey.
Indians also have faith in their country: 85% said India can safely welcome international travelers again, higher than the regional average of 51%.
No. 2: Vietnam
Vietnamese are also confident of traveling again, the survey found, driven by their comfort with reopening regional borders (82%) and confidence in Vietnam’s ability to welcome new travelers (75%).
However, rising prices may be affecting. Of all respondents, Vietnamese were most concerned about costs (53%).
No. 3: China
Nearly 90% of Chinese respondents said they plan to travel in the next year, the highest of all territories surveyed.
Additionally, 62% said they plan to travel abroad “immediately” after China lifts its quarantine policy. Of these, 43% plan to go to Japan or South Korea, according to the survey.
Of all respondents, the Chinese are the least concerned about costs (20%) but the most concerned about the administrative hassles involved in planning travel this year (46%).
No. 4: New Zealand
Almost 80% of Kiwis say they are likely to travel in the next year, with the main motivator being to visit family (53%), according to the survey.
However, only 49% of Kiwi respondents said they feel leisure travel is important during the pandemic, 5 percentage points lower than the regional average.
No. 5. Australia
Compared to the regional average, Australians are slightly less likely to travel than others in the Asia-Pacific (72% versus 76%). Australians, as well as Kiwis, are also much less willing to share their personal information for travel purposes, compared to the rest of the region.
According to the survey, just over half of Australians were comfortable with the idea of restarting travel (55%) and with Australia’s ability to welcome international travelers safely again (53%).
No. 6: Singapore
Some 75% of Singaporeans said they were likely to travel in the next year, slightly lower than the regional average of 76%, according to the survey.
Singapore’s sixth place was heavily influenced by respondents’ unwillingness to accept travel disruptions. Among those in Singapore, a nation known for organization and efficiency, especially at its world-class Changi Airport, only 35% said they would accept travel delays and related problems, compared with 47% in the region in general, according to the survey.
No. 7: Hong Kong
Compared to the rest of Asia-Pacific, Hong Kongers are not as comfortable with traveling again, or with its own capacity to receive international travelers, according to the survey. However, 71% said they are likely to travel in the next year.
His main motivator? Escape from being “stuck at home”: 70% cited this, most of the territories surveyed, including Taiwan (60%) and Singapore (57%), according to the results.
Quarantine periods for entering Hong Kong have been reduced this week. However, many residents can stay with stays this year. Nearly half (47%) said they would likely book a stay even after international travel is possible again, the survey found.
No. 8: Thailand
Thailand receives the most tourists of any country in the region, which is why respondents indicated they are a little nervous about resuming travel.
According to the survey, only 39% said they were comfortable with the reopening of regional borders (compared to 53% regionally). Even fewer (29%) said they were confident in Thailand’s ability to safely reopen to international travelers (compared to 51% regionally).
No. 9: South Korea
South Koreans scored below regional averages in all but one confidence category: the likelihood of traveling in the next year.
80% said they are likely to travel in the next 12 months, according to the survey, but only 31% said they are willing to accept travel interruptions along the way.
No. 10: Taiwan
Only 27% of Taiwanese respondents indicated they were comfortable with the reopening of borders in the region. And if there was an outbreak of Covid-19 in their travel destination, only 8% said they would stick with their travel plans, compared to 17% in the region.
Taiwanese were also the most worried about getting sick, according to the survey. Almost 60% cited this as a travel problem, compared to just 22% in China.
No. 11: Japan
Japanese travelers were found to be the least confident travelers in the Asia-Pacific this year, according to the survey.
Only 18% expressed confidence in Japan’s ability to welcome international travelers again and 26% are comfortable with the reopening of regional borders.
The Japanese are also far less tolerant of travel disruptions, the survey found. Only 24% said they would accept them, the lowest of all territories surveyed.