Quarantine measures could be cut in half by December in fresh hope for holidays

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has revealed today that he hopes testing at UK airports for international travellers could be put in place by December 1. Currently, the UK has a travel corridor list in place which includes “safe” countries Britons can travel to without facing quarantine on their return to the UK. Countries not on the travel corridor list with a high infection rate mean that Britons have to quarantine on their return to the UK for 14 days.

Today, Mr Shapps spoke at an aviation conference called Airlines 2050.

In his talks, Mr Shapps revealed plans for “a single test for international arrivals, a week after arrival”.

He told the Airlines 2050 conference: “My ministerial colleagues and I have agreed a regime, based on a single test provided by the private sector and at the cost to the passenger, after a period of self-isolation and doing those things could achieve our objectives.

“The next step is to develop how this approach can be implemented.”

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