Europeans are not keen to welcome British tourists even after travel relaxation

The research shows how a nation’s handling of the coronavirus crisis is feeding into fear over international travel. 

Countries all over the world are opening their borders for foreign tourists. However, a recent survey shows that Europeans do not want British tourists to visit the Continent this summer.

Spaniards are most opposed to the arrival of UK holidaymakers, with nearly two thirds (61 percent), keen on Britons to stay away this year, 15 percentage points more than any other European nationality. A majority of French, German and Italian residents also want British travelers to stay home, according to polling by YouGov. 

In France, Spain, Germany and Italy, only residents from the US and China are less welcome, the research showed. 

The UK Government’s ‘travel corridors’, allowing for the return of overseas holidays, come into force tomorrow, but YouGov said that only 21 percent of Britons are considering holidays to Spain or France this summer; fewer are planning trips to Germany (18 percent), Italy (17 percent) and the US (7 percent). 

The research shows how a nation’s handling of the coronavirus crisis is feeding into fear over international travel. 

The British are also opposed to the arrivals of foreign holidaymakers, with 76 percent keen to keep Americans from UK shores; 53 percent do not want Chinese tourists this summer, only just ahead of Swedish arrivals (51 percent) and Italian (48 percent).


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