Holidays: Shapps says quarantine period could be slashed but travellers spot huge costs

Holidays: Shapps says quarantine period could be slashed but travellers spot huge costs

Mr Shapps said a testing programme which was launched in Liverpool last week has sparked hope for “quarantine-free” travel in the future.

Mr Shapps is co-chairman of the government’s Global Travel Taskforce, which was set up last month to consider measures to support the travel sector.

In a speech to the annual conference of trade body the Airport Operators Association, Mr Shapps said: “I want you to know that we’ve been making very good progress on a test to release programme, to launch once we’re out of this lockdown.

“This will consist of a single test for arrivals into the UK provided by the private sector at a cost to the passenger, allowing us a much-reduced period of self-isolation.

“Beyond the lockdown, this should encourage more people to be able to book flights with confidence, knowing there is an option which allows them to shorten self-isolation if they’re going somewhere which isn’t in – or does become outside – a travel corridor.”

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Published at Mon, 09 Nov 2020 16:26:00 +0000