Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said today that the UK will be using a “test and release” strategy instead of airport testing on arrival in the UK. He said today that passengers will take a test five days into their quarantine period. If the test is negative they can then end their isolation period.
However, the tests will have to be paid by the passenger.
Mr Shapps said: “We’re proposing both a domestic test regime, when people land and wait a week, have a test and get early release.
“We’re also proposing an internationally recognised system, in which Britain would be a trailblazer.
“When tests and isolation take place prior to travel and after travel and would require no quarantine.
“The main point being that we’ll consider all options that will increase tourism and business travel but to do so safely and thereby help the sector recover from this pandemic.”
The Transport Secretary has also told travel industry representatives today that people being tested on arrival could lead to people bringing back coronavirus to the UK from abroad.
He said: “A day-Zero, on-arrival-test, could allow for significant numbers of people to wrongly believe they are not bringing Covid-19 back with them.”
“We believe this is a situation that has occurred in other countries,” he added.
However, the task force is not looking at the current travel corridor measures.
It comes as an industry body warned today that the government is not providing the “basic tools” to help travel firms.
ABTA, a travel trade body, did a survey with more than 2,000 consumers which showed only 15 percent of people took a foreign holiday between February and July.
Around 93 percent of the respondents are also concerned about last-minute changes to travel advice which are issued regularly by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).