Hopes rise that testing regime will soon be scrapped

By Steve Jones
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Hopes are rising that double jabbed travellers will soon no longer need to take expensive tests on their return to the UK.

Reports over the weekend said the onerous testing requirements – widely criticised for hampering the industry’s recovery while offering little by way of health benefits – will be removed in time for the February half term holiday.

According to The Sunday Times, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is in favour of ending the testing regime for vaccinated travellers, with sources suggesting an announcement is set for 26 January.

The tests have long been seen as a major barrier for consumers, with families in particular unwilling to add significant costs to their holiday.

At present vaccinated travellers must take a lateral flow test two days after they return to the UK. Those who test positive must isolate for 10 days, although this can be cut short with a negative lateral flow test on days six and seven.

Unvaccinated travellers  must isolate for 10 days with tests on days two and eight.

Despite welcoming the development – which has not been confirmed by the government – Advantage Travel Partnership Chief Executive Julia Lo Bue-Said warned that it would still not mean a return to normality.

“At the risk of sounding negative, reports….that return testing to UK for vaxxed travellers is likely to go does not normalise travel,” she tweeted. “It’s of course MUCH welcomed news however complex destination rules still exist when traveling with children and non vaxxed travellers.”

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