Ministers set to cut travel quarantine time to just four days by finally introducing tests at airports


Ministers are set to reduce travel quarantine measures to four days – finally introducing testing at airports.

But winter sun-seekers will only be able to go on a tropical vacation if ministers can convince Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty to give the move the green light.

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Airport tests could be in place on routes by the end of the monthCredit: PA: Press Association

The Sun understands that Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps and other government officials are desperate to start trials to revive the travel industry.

But Professor Whitty holds back, along with Health Secretary Matt Hancock, as others gather to give him a last-minute frantic push.

Transport officials are supposed to favor the German test model to reduce 14-day self-isolation by requiring travelers arriving in the UK to have a negative Covid certificate from a test 72 hours before their trip.

Passengers are then quarantined for four days after arrival and take a second test on day five. If this is also negative, the quarantine ends.

Travelers will pay for the tests, but tour operators plan to include the cost in trips.

If the green light is given, tests could be set up on the routes by the end of the month.

Grant Shapps is desperate to revive the travel industry and test airport testingCrédits: Getty Images – Getty
Chief medical officer Professor Whitty still refuses to give the go-ahead for airport testing


Chief medical officer Professor Whitty still refuses to give the go-ahead for airport testingCrédits: Getty Images – Getty

A high-level government source told The Sun: “The DfT is doing everything they can to get the trials started, but the CMO is pushing back because it is still not sure.”

Yesterday at the Conservative Party’s virtual conference, Mr. Shapps said, “We need to be smarter.

“And the way to do that is to still have a quarantine period, but also to test and then be able to release people. And I will say more about this shortly.

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