Increased holiday season as big change to testing could come as early as Monday this week
BRITS looks set to increase the holiday as ministers are said to be discussing bringing about a major change to Covid testing as early as this Monday.
Testing for Covid upon returning to the UK could be a thing of the past for fully vaccinated Britons, if the push for change continues.
Ministers will discuss skipping the obnoxious rapid lateral flow tests that two-legged travelers must take on the second day after they arrive in the UK and maybe it will go away as early as this Monday, according to Daily mail.
This change will help British families have a much simpler holiday – and is a big boost for the tourism industry.
And there is also a push to make the online passenger locator form, which holidaymakers must fill out 48 hours before arriving in the UK, a lot simpler.
It happens when passengers describe the cumbersome government bureaucracy as complex and it raises pointless questions like how long returning citizens plan to stay in the country.
The Cabinet’s “Covid O” committee will meet to discuss whether “fully vaccinated” status means travelers must have two or three shots.
It is reported that ministers are considering keeping it in place for up to two until spring.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is said to be the head of the scrap inspection for fully vaccinated people.
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Vacationers will still be subject to testing regimes in the country they’re traveling to.
But scrapping testing for two days will give the travel industry another much-needed boost after Number 10 scrapped pre-return tests and post-arrival PCR swabs earlier this month. .
Under current rules, Britons who have been stabbed back need to have a rapid lateral flow test on the second day of arrival and a PCR test if they come back positive.
Unvaccinated travelers must undergo multiple checks and self-quarantine.
This comes as a new study shows that travel tests are not effective in stopping the spread of imported Covid variants unless measures are put in place within a day of its arrival. this country.
Research by analytics firm Edge Health and Oxera shows that restrictive measures can only delay the peak of a new stress episode by two and eight days.
The study was funded by Airline UK and Manchester Airport Corporation and was assigned to case support ministers to eliminate the remaining trial.
British Airways boss Tim Alderslade said: “Testing restrictions on full immunization make no sense because of the delay in governments being able to detect and act when there is an outbreak. appearance of a new variant, as we saw with Omicron.
“This is something that the World Health Organization itself has acknowledged.
“Not only have they failed to prevent the international spread of variants, but they have placed a disproportionate burden on the travel sector and those sectors that depend on the connectivity that aviation provides.
“We need to be smarter in how we deal with future variations instead of using generic but completely ineffective measures.
“Otherwise, we would never have been able to really say we were ‘living with Covid’.”
Ben Bradshaw, a member of the Commons transport committee, said: “It is time for the Government to remove all testing requirements for vaccinated travellers.
“These have had little or no effect in controlling the virus but have caused unforeseen damage to our tourism industry and caused huge problems for the public.
“There’s also little point in retaining the passenger locator form – just a quick check on vaccine status on departure is enough.”
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