Travelling abroad to visit family and friends in the UK is going to be more difficult for most people in 2020, as part of the European Union’s travel ban on the US.
Read more: Chris Staps: We’ve been here beforeBut there are some signs of life, as the latest edition of the British Medical Journal published a study in which people from other European countries who have lived in the United Kingdom for the past four years were asked about their travel plans for the year 2020.
The authors of the study, Dr. Paul Jansen and Dr. David Green, who are from the University of Oxford, surveyed 5,907 adults from around the country, all from different regions of England and Wales.
The study found that around 10% of the people in the study were planning to travel to the United States in 2020.
Of those, just over a quarter (26%) had plans to travel outside of the United UK to visit friends or relatives in the US, and a further 6% had plans for overseas visits, including holiday and business trips.
But for people from outside of England, the situation was much more complicated.
Of the people surveyed who had a plan to travel abroad to travel, less than a third (34%) were planning a trip to the US for the whole year.
In contrast, just under half (46%) of those who had plans were planning trips to the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden.
However, the study does not have enough information on which European countries people would choose to visit, as there are no national plans in place to make travel to those countries compulsory.
While some people from overseas may choose to travel in the coming year, the survey found that some would still prefer to stay in the country where they live, with just over half (55%) of people who were planning abroad in 2020 saying they would choose a country that is not part of Europe, compared to just over three-quarters (76%) of respondents who were intending to stay the same place.
The survey also found that a majority of people would prefer to travel within the EU rather than to travel out of it.
Nearly a third of people surveyed (34%), who were from other EU countries, said they would prefer not to travel from the UK to other EU states.
The researchers said this was largely due to the costs associated with going abroad to live and work, and the cost of having to return home.