Travel bosses welcome testing plan to cut quarantine period to five days

Getty Passengers will have to go straight home from the airport and self-isolate for five days before getting a test

Getty Passengers will have to go straight home from the airport and self-isolate for five days before getting a test

New arrivals now have to self-isolate for 14 days, while Britain has recorded more than 55,000 deaths of people testing positive for coronavirus, the highest figure in Europe. "By giving people the choice to test on Day 5, we are also supporting the travel industry as it continues to rebuild out of the pandemic".

Passengers arriving in England will be able to reduce their self-isolation period to as little as five days under a new testing strategy.

Arriving passengers will quarantine initially but can end this if they test negative.

Under the new rules, all global arrivals from destinations absent from England's travel corridor list will have the option to take a Covid-19 test after being in quarantine for the shorter period.

Under the new rules, passengers can reduce the 14-day quarantine period by paying for a test from a private firm on or after Day 5 of their arrival at a potential cost of around £100 pounds ($180).

The government also announced new financial support for English airports and ground handling firms beginning in 2021.

The support will cover business rates liabilities up to £8 million at each site.

"The aviation industry is vital to our economy - creating jobs and driving growth", said finance minister Rishi Sunak.

Mr Shapps said: "We have a plan in place to ensure that our route out of this pandemic is careful and balanced, allowing us to focus on what we can now do to bolster worldwide travel while keeping the public safe". Travellers from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales must continue to self-isolate for 14 days.

"This new package of support for airports, alongside a new testing regime for worldwide arrivals, will help the sector take off once again as we build back better from the pandemic", said Treasury chief Rishi Sunak.

"Tourism will be able to significantly aid the economic recovery but right now businesses are struggling to survive and until a more rigorous system is in place, worldwide visitors will not return in numbers".

"The government needs to provide a targeted resilience fund for inbound tourism businesses and access to grants from which they have previously been excluded, to ensure they can survive the winter".

"You can go overseas but of course there's a penalty to pay for that in terms of having a potential quarantine period when you come back", he told BBC radio, when asked about the end of lockdown.

Under the "Test to release for worldwide travel" strategy, passengers must book their test prior to travelling and must also complete a traveller locator form.

These rules were subsequently relaxed for those arriving in England from approved destinations, but this list changes weekly and travelers from countries that aren't considered "green" have been required to keep to the two-week quarantine.

Mr Shapps told BBC Breakfast the government will decide which tier each region in England is placed into based on the number of cases in each area, but particularly the numbers of people aged over 60 testing positive for the virus.

There is no doubt that such testing will help the struggling travel industry.

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