Grant Shapps signals testing plan to cut 14-day quarantine for travellers

Government considering single test after shorter isolation, rather than tests at airports

A plan to introduce Covid-19 testing for international arrivals in an effort to cut the 14-day quarantine period is due to be unveiled, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has indicated.

The beleaguered aviation industry had been lobbying for a two-test system, whereby travellers are tested at an airport on arrival from at-risk countries and again five or eight days later – with negative results allowing them to leave isolation earlier.

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