Grr graphs like that make me angry, these surveyed tourism experts need to keep pushing the governments... Australia's made it very easy to travel overseas but so many destinations that I want to go back to are still closed, Looking at the top 10 destinations Australians go...
1. New Zealand (They're in 2021, I spent 1/4 of the year last year over there thanks to the bubble but several bubble flights had ~15 people onboard as people were scared of being stuck).
2. Indonesia (specially Bali - requires 7 days quarantine so out of the question for many).
3. Thailand (Complex testing and isolation schemes - requires going back into an isolation hotel for another test several days after arrival)
4. The Philippines (No entry for tourists)
5. Japan (I transited through Haneda a few weeks ago, you could play a football match in the terminal it was that quite).
6. USA (Due to Americans staying at home the cost of things is just nuts, I looked at the West Coast or Hawaii over Xmas and couldn't find reasonable accomodation/rental cars).
7. Singapore (VTL only just reopened, lets hope it stays open!)
8. Fiji (also complex test/isolation - there's an AFF thread about it)
9. India (Has recently reintroduced 7 days isolation upon arrival)
10. UK (Just announced no test! Yay!)
I guess on the other side of things it's crazy that Australia is still closed to tourists. It's crazy that we allow tourists from some countries like Singapore, Japan and Korea but not others, we should open up to all but I think the Singapore/Fiji requirements of mandatory COVID-19 travel insurance should be included.
I completely agree with Henrus here - many countries are still effectively closed or making it very difficult for tourists/visitors. I don't see how travel will recover anytime soon.
As one who has hammered the Australian government on restrictions previously, I'm very happy with what they've done and the direction they are moving, however, they're still not allowing tourists, which is hard on the economy.
Singapore is one of the world's major hubs and is a popular country with people all over the globe - and they made this massive announcement last August about how they would "live with the virus". This has turned out to be utter BS. They have these VTL lanes with only 24 countries and the VTL process isn't exactly easy or cheap. They don't even allow transit if you have two different tickets.
You have Europe, once the most lenient for travel now going back and blocking many countries and making it very hard for others.
I think finally, it is clear that if you're not vaccinated travel is near on impossible for you. I'm fully jabbed and I strongly advocate vaccination, but unfortunately there are millions upon millions who can't get access to a vaccine. Until this is solved, travel will be pushed back even more.
I just don't see how travel can recover anytime soon if I'm honest because there are still many, many, roadblocks everywhere, which don't seem like abating anytime soon.