An ambitious plan is being considered by ministers to bring Britons back on vacation by rolling out rapid Covid tests to anyone arriving in the UK, according to reports.
The new measures include the designation of different countries by levels with the aim of simplifying the system.
This will come with rapid test plans for everyone and potentially Covid passports, reports The Sun.
The cost of the test will be around £ 30 which the passenger will have to pay.
Unlike last year’s travel corridor system, countries will be ranked green, orange and red based on which destination is considered the riskiest.
People arriving from green countries will need a 15 minute lateral flow test.
The arrival of an Amber Nation requires negative PCR testing before travel, upon arrival, and some form of quarantine.
A hotel quarantine will be required for anyone returning from a country on the red list.
However, it is not clear how ministers will decide whether a country is red, orange or green.
It is believed the system will be based on different variations within the country and vaccine deployments, rather than relying solely on infection rates like last year.
A source told The Sun: “The full list of countries and their categorization is unlikely to come anytime soon.
“The situation is too volatile, especially in Europe, to make it clear where destinations should be placed on the list.
“But that will set the thresholds required for countries to be considered covid safe. “
A Downing Street source told the newspaper: ‘We’re just not in a place where we’ve yet explained what it’s going to look like. “
It comes as Virgin Atlantic announced it would test vaccine passports.
Customers on flights to Barbados from April 16 will be asked to use the Travel Pass app to verify they meet the Caribbean Island entry requirements for coronavirus testing prior to departure.
Future versions of the app – developed by the airline trade body, the International Air Transport Association – will also include coronavirus vaccine registries.
A number of other airlines also use the app, including British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas, and Qatar Airways.
Corneel Koster, Virgin Atlantic’s main customer and COO, said: “Along with the UK’s successful vaccination program and accompanied by a gradual and risk-based easing of restrictions, we can see a route of flight to allow the safe restart of large-scale international travel soon, in time for the summer.
“When the skies reopen, rapid and affordable testing combined with digital health integration will be key to streamlining and simplifying the customer experience, making border health checks manageable and building consumer confidence.
“Governments, industry and technology companies must work together to lead the adoption of digital solutions with global common standards accepted at borders. “