UK government’s Greek island quarantine list prompts renewed calls for testing

Regional approach to quarantine is a ‘step in the right direction’ but holiday firms say traveller testing for Covid-19 is vital too

Calls for traveller testing at airports have intensified in the wake of the UK government’s decision to impose quarantine measures on seven Greek islands.

The regional approach is a departure from blanket country bans imposed by the government this summer but holiday companies that serve the affected islands have questioned the rationale behind the list and say the current 14-day quarantine requirement is unsustainable. A rigorous testing policy is vital to restore consumer confidence, the companies maintain, an argument supported by a recent Skyscanner survey of 1,175 UK travellers in which 85% said they would be more likely to travel abroad if airport testing was in place.

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