Most companies are prepared to deal with pandemic restrictions and requirements, according to a survey of 750 travel managers worldwide by AirPlus, a corporate payment specialist. According to the survey, more than 90% of companies already have specific mechanisms in place to notify their employees of entry and quarantine restrictions or plan to initiate them. More than half (51%) have established their own rules for which countries employees can and cannot enter. More than a third (35%) are planning to take this kind of step. In addition, business travelers are increasingly permitted to choose higher booking classes. Nearly half of those surveyed indicated that they allow their employees to travel in business class, or to book first class tickets if traveling by train. This also includes a preference for direct connections to avoid transfers and additional contacts. The fact that businesses are choosing higher booking classes shows that they are willing to accept higher costs to meet their duty of care, according to the survey. Corporate decision makers believe prices will rise in the long term anyway, with 59% saying they expect prices for transportation and accommodations to be higher than before the pandemic and only 8% anticipating a decline. Despite the higher costs and greater time and effort involved, business travel remains important, with 80% of those surveyed believing in-person contact with customers and suppliers is still crucial. As a result, nearly half (48%) believe the next two to three years will see more business travel than in 2019.