Quarantine for travellers ‘could be chopped to four days’ under new plan

Quarantine restrictions on Brits returning from holidays could be slashed to just four day according to reports.

It comes as ministers finally push for airport testing for those touching down in the UK to be introduced.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and other government figures are keen to start trials to kickstart the travel industry.

But they would need the green light from the Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, The Sun reports.

It's understood transport chiefs are in favour of the German model of testing to cut the current 14-day quarantine.

The move would have travellers arriving in the UK need a negative test result taken 72 hours before they travel.

Passengers, as a result, would only have to quarantine for four days and take a second test on the fifth.

The plan could mean the end of the fortnight self-isolation imposed on holidaymakers returning from certain countries.

If given the green light, testing could be in place on routes by the end of the month.

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Travellers will pay for tests but tour operators plan to include the cost into trips, according to the report.

A source told The Sun: “The Department for Transport are pushing hard for trials to start but the Chief Medical Officer is pushing back as he’s still not sure.”

Yesterday at the Tory Party virtual conference, Mr Shapps said: “We’ve got to be smarter.

“And the way to do that is to still have a period of quarantine but also test and then be able to release ­people. And I’ll be ­saying more about that shortly.”

It comes after Italy, mainland Greece and Sweden were said to be at risk of being added to the UK quarantine list this week.

Countries with more than 20 new cases of coronavirus per 100,000 people during a seven day period are at risk of being removed from the UK's travel corridor.

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