For the most part, Asia-Pacific residents can travel again.
But some are more confident about packing their bags 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 survey results were published in Booking.com’s inaugural Travel Confidence Index, which ranked countries in order from most to least confident.
Key findings from the study include:
No. 1: India
According to the survey, Indians came out with the highest travel confidence. Some 86% of respondents indicated plans to travel within 12 months – a number surpassed only by those in China – although travel to both countries is expected to be largely domestic.
Additionally, 70% of respondents indicated they would accept anticipated travel disruptions, the survey’s highest.
Indians also have confidence in their country – 85% indicated that India can safely welcome international travelers, higher than the regional average of 51%.
No. 2: Vietnam
Vietnamese are also confident of traveling again, according to the survey, driven by their comfort with reopening regional borders (82%) and confidence in Vietnam’s ability to welcome travelers again (75%).
However, rising prices can be harmful. Of all respondents, Vietnamese were most concerned about costs (53%).
No. 3: Chinese
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 overseas “immediately” after China lifts its quarantine policy. Of those, 43% plan to go to either Japan or South Korea, according to the survey.
Of all respondents, the Chinese are least concerned about costs (20%), but most concerned about the administrative hassles involved in planning travel this year (46%).
No. 4: New Zealand
Nearly 80% of Kiwis say they are likely to travel in the next year, with the biggest motivator being to visit family (53%), according to the survey.
However, only 49% of Kiwi respondents said they consider free travel to be important during the pandemic – 5 percentage points less than the regional average.
No. 5. Australia
Compared to the regional average, Australians are slightly less likely than others to travel to the Asia-Pacific (72% vs. 76%). Australians, like Kiwis, are also much less willing to share their personal information for travel purposes compared to the rest of the region.
Just over half of Australians expressed comfort with the idea of resuming travel (55%) and Australia’s ability to safely welcome international travelers again (53%), according to the survey.
No. 6: Singapore
About 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 6th place finish was largely influenced by respondents’ reluctance to accept travel disruptions. Among those in Singapore – a nation known for organization and efficiency, especially at its top-rated Changi Airport – only 35% said they would accept travel delays and related problems, compared to 47% in the region in overall, according to the survey.
No. 7: Hong Kong
Compared to the rest of Asia-Pacific, Hong Kong residents are not as comfortable with travel again. or with their ability to host international travelers, according to the survey. However, 71% said they were likely to travel in the next year.
Their biggest motivator? Escaping being “stuck at home” – some 70% cited this, the most of all territories surveyed, including Taiwan (60%) and Singapore (57%), according to the results.
Quarantine periods to enter Hong Kong were reduced this week. However, many residents may stay on vacation this year. Almost half (47%) said they are likely to book a residency even after international travel is possible again, according to the survey.
No. 8: Thailand
Thailand receives the most tourists of any country in the region, which may be why respondents there indicated they are somewhat nervous about resuming travel.
Only 39% said they were satisfied with the reopening of regional borders (versus 53% in the region), according to the poll. Even fewer (29%) said they are confident in Thailand’s ability to reopen safely to international travelers (vs. 51% in the region).
No. 9: South Korea
South Koreans scored lower than the regional average in every confidence category except one — the likelihood of traveling in the next year.
Some 80% said they were likely to travel in the next 12 months, according to the survey, but only 31% said they were willing to accept travel interruptions along the way.
No. 10: Taiwan
Only 27% of Taiwanese respondents indicated they are satisfied with the reopening of borders in the region. And if a Covid-19 outbreak occurred in their travel destination, only 8% said they would stick with their travel plans, compared to 17% in the region.
According to the survey, Taiwanese were also the most worried about getting sick. Nearly 60% cited it as a travel concern, compared to just 22% in China.
No. 11: Japan
According to the survey, Japanese travelers were found to be the least confident travelers in the Asia-Pacific this year.
Only 18% expressed confidence in Japan’s ability to welcome international travelers again, and 26% are satisfied with the reopening of regional borders.
Japanese are also far less tolerant of travel disruptions, according to the survey. Just 24% said they would accept them – the lowest of all territories surveyed.