The current travel quarantine rules will end in mid December, and will be replaced by a five-day testing plan, the Transport Secretary is expected to announce today.
Travellers who visit destinations without a ‘travel corridor’ will no longer be required to quarantine for 14 days on their return. Instead, they must self-isolate for five days – and then take a test. If the result is negative, they will be free to end their isolation period.
A source told The Telegraph: “The rule will be that you can have the test on day five and either on the same day or day six release yourself, depending on when you get your negative result. We are looking to enforce it in December, in two weeks’ time, around December 15.”
Testing costs are expected to be covered fully by travellers, with home kits currently costing in excess of £100. However, ministers are seeking to green-light rapid saliva tests, which produce results within an hour and currently cost half the price.
The move has been praised by travel industry leaders, and represents a victory for Telegraph Travel’s Test4Travel campaign to replace quarantine with tests.
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