Within six months, 60 per cent of Vietnamese expect to be able to travel freely within their own country, according to Agoda's Welcome Back to Travel survey.
|Vietnamese travellers are optimistic about travel prospects |
The survey also points out that two in five respondents foresee no restrictions on travel within Asia, and 38 per cent expect international travel to be unfettered within six months.
Meanwhile, almost half of those polled believe inbound travel will not resume for at least a year, or until 80 per cent of Vietnamese have been vaccinated. Only 8 per cent think in-bound travel will happen again in the next three months.
Slightly more females than males anticipate domestic travel without restrictions (63 against 56 per cent). Meanwhile, people between the ages of 35 and 44 are the least optimistic about traveling without restrictions (52 per cent).
While most individuals in the country expect inbound travel to return in 7-11 months (21 per cent), Danang residents are most optimistic that inbound travel would restart in 4-6 months. People over 55 years old are the most convinced inbound travel will resume in over 12 months.
While COVID-19 has caused the Vietnamese public to postpone travel plans, 63 per cent of respondents anticipate travel operators to follow rigorous COVID-19 rules on future travel. About 57 per cent say they will want all travellers, including themselves, to have received at least one vaccine shot before returning to their hotels, buses, or planes.
Over a third believe that travel providers must offer flexible cancellation and booking choices and 30 per cent say they prefer contactless connection with their travel providers. Meanwhile, a quarter say they plan to travel closer to home in the future, maybe opting for staycations or drive-able destinations, the survey revealed.