Holiday boost: Grant Shapps rules out testing on arrival but slashes quarantine period

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said today that the UK will be using a “test and release” strategy instead of airport testing on arrival in the UK. He said today that passengers will take a test five days into their quarantine period. If the test is negative they can then end their isolation period.

However, the tests will have to be paid by the passenger.

Mr Shapps said: “We’re proposing both a domestic test regime, when people land and wait a week, have a test and get early release.

“We’re also proposing an internationally recognised system, in which Britain would be a trailblazer.

“When tests and isolation take place prior to travel and after travel and would require no quarantine.

“There are two separate approaches that we’re working on and Britain will be in the lead on both those fronts.

“Covid remains a very significant threat to the health of the British people and of course the health of the travel industry.”

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