Travel considered risky by Portuguese

in News · 06-06-2020 18:00:00 · 8 Comments

Portuguese consider that, due to the covid-19 pandemic, it is risky to travel for holidays, work trips or to visit friends and family, in Portugal or abroad, reveals a study.

Conducted by the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu (IPV) and the University of Coimbra (UC), and based on data collected in the last three months, the study shows that the pandemic had “a strong impact” on the perception of security of the Portuguese regarding travelling both at home and abroad.

"National residents agree that safety is a key factor in travelling and is even the most important attribute for choosing a destination, in global terms, but it is even more crucial when considering international travel", concludes the study.

The responses (more than a thousand considered valid) obtained through an ‘online’ questionnaire show that the Portuguese consider “travel for holidays, work trips, family trips or visits by friends and family within the country to be risky”.

"These responses are even more expressive for the same trips abroad", underline the study's authors, adding that the Portuguese "consider that additional security measures at airports make travel safer at home and abroad".

Safety is considered one of the most important aspects to travel in all generations, the oldest being the one that reveals “a perception of higher travel risk”, both in national and international destinations.

This study, which covered the period between 2 February and 2 May, is the first to analyze the effects of the pandemic on the perception of safety to travel and to practice leisure and tourism activities, as well as the fear and concern related to contagion and measures taken in Portugal.

The team - made up of Carla Silva, José Luís Abrantes, Manuel Reis and Odete Paiva, from IPV, and Cláudia Seabra, from UC - tried to perceive the change of opinion over time.

“The fear of travelling by national residents increased progressively, with each period studied, as well as the fear of contagion in personal and family terms”, concludes the team, adding that, during the third State of Emergency, “the Portuguese felt, however, it to be less risky to travel, especially within the country”.

“At the same time, the importance attached to security has been increasing, reaching the highest values ??in the last period, especially for international travel”, he adds.

If, at the beginning of the investigation, "travelling with the family was considered safe or very safe, especially in Portugal", thisperception "has decreased dramatically over time, having also narrowed the difference between doing so in Portugal or abroad".

The study also indicates that, due to the new coronavirus, those who reside in Portugal feel very insecure to practice leisure and tourism activities.

"The highlight is going to casinos or nightlife venues, which 80 percent of respondents indicate as very unsafe activities".

Between 60 percent and 80 percent of respondents also classify visits to theme parks, galleries, museums and monuments, urban centres and historic centres, participation in concerts, festivals, sports or religious events, the practice of sports in closed spaces as very unsafe, meals in restaurants, accommodation in hotels, participation in tourist visits and shopping in shopping centres and markets.

“Going to beaches, rivers and lakes, on the other hand, is a less unsafe activity, according to the participants in the study. Going to nature parks, walking routes and practicing nature sports are the only activities considered relatively safe by the Portuguese in the context of the pandemic”, he says.

With regard to fear and concern about contagion, the study shows that “85 percent of respondents feel that citizens and tourists may be victims of contagion and that this fear applies to themselves and their families”.

"Despite this concern, the nervousness shown is moderate, also mentioning that they feel little or no need for additional information on protective measures in relation to covid-19", he adds.

Half of the people who answered the questionnaire admitted "to change various aspects of their lives and daily routines because of the disease, but with regard to vacation and travel plans the percentage rises to 65 percent".

The fears "are more pronounced in the older generation, with the generation between the ageof 40 and 65 feeling a greater need for additional information to protect themselves from contagion than the younger generations".

This study, which involves the Centre for Research in Digital Services of the IPV and the Centre for the Study of Geography and Spatial Planning of the UC, is still ongoing and will allow, in the future, to assess the impacts of the covid-19 not only in Portugal, but also in other regions of the world.


I feel bad for the two Doe-Dough's...they seem so unhappy with their deciding to live in Portugal. I've never read anything positive from either of them, and all they do is complain...they must be so miserable. Speaking as an American who moved to Canada over 15 years ago, I found it refreshing to leave behind such egotistical ignorance and blend with a new culture. But some people can't seem to give up an imperialistic attitude, always thinking their way is best. I've been to Portugal a few times....the fresh food, the weather, and, especially the friendly people, Portuguese that is, I would have no problem making a home there!

By William from Other on 08-06-2020 03:07

After keeping the infection rate low you are now opening up your country to the 3 worst countries for deaths and infections. Brazil, USA and the UK.

By Gerard Walsh from Other on 08-06-2020 09:00

So much rethoric! The Portuguese are wise and still have a lot of common sense!

By Tony Fernandes from Other on 08-06-2020 04:51

I agree that travelling outside your own country and town "is risky". I want to go to my children in SA and me and my husband have a gifted voucher to visit sòmeplace in Portugal..but do..not nòw..this year. Everyone should think twice about this..just enjoy what you have in your own location..the holiday places will still be there next year. When it is hopefully safer, which I am sure it will be if we are responsible now. No need to put yourself and others at risk because you hàve to have it all today ..being a tourist. Relax..stay "home"..breath and keep safe and healthy..look forward to next's going to he a feast again! All of the best to you all and God Bless you through this difficult time.

By Benita Rodrigues from Algarve on 07-06-2020 01:36

Just have my experience on this times I have been working as keyworker all this time and I don't think it's a virus ti kill it's the way we work and respect other's it's very important the distant have ours self's in condition to control other's and have every day a lovely strong bath on the and of the day when you arrive at home and don't be with to many people around you

By Renato from UK on 07-06-2020 11:04

Popular wisdom says one thing and the govern says exactly the opposite!

By Tony Fernandes from Other on 06-06-2020 11:51

I agree. This can easily be verified. Portuguese wear masks travelling alone in cars or walking on the beach with nobody near them. I would consider this whole nation traumatized. It is like the pandemic caused a brain damage.

By John Dough from Lisbon on 06-06-2020 08:59

The fear mongering propaganda has worked well on the Portuguese people.

By Fred Doe from Algarve on 06-06-2020 06:51
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