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British Columbians are feeling growing confidence in their comfort for international travel, according to a survey conducted by the BCAA.

According to the survey, 58 per cent of British Columbians say they feel ready to travel either this year or next. 41 per cent say the soonest they would travel is 2022.

Confidence differs by age group. 21 per cent of respondents 55 and older feel confident about travelling in the remainder of 2021. Younger adults aged 18-34 are more likely to wait until 2022, with 26 per cent saying that next year is the soonest they’ll travel.

Namita Kearns, the BCAA’s Director of Insurance Products, says they have seen a significant increase in sales of travel insurance as well.

“Travel confidence comes from planning and ensuring your safety and the safety of others,” said Namita Kearns, BCAA’s Director of Insurance Products.

“It’s encouraging to see people taking their time to think through their travel and factor COVID-19 safety into their plans while also protecting themselves with travel insurance that includes COVID coverage.”

The BCAA says travellers should check how much COVID coverage their insurance provides based on their vaccination status. Travellers should also check if their policy includes access to virtual medical care.

Results from the BCAA Travel Confidence Survey are based on an online study conducted from August 4 to 9, 2021 among a representative sample of 832 adults in British Columbia. The margin of error for this data —which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.