The UK's 'Global Travel Taskforce' has set out its framework for restarting international travel. Click here to read the full story.
The framework included a requirement for ‘gold-standard’ PCR tests post-arrival with a commitment to assess options for reducing costs including the use of cheaper tests.
Recommendations include a three-tier ‘traffic light’ system for grading countries, with an initial list to be published “by early May” alongside confirmation of whether UK outbound international travel can restart at the earliest possible date of May 17.
To ensure the reopening of travel is “accessible and affordable”, the current ‘permission to travel form’ will be removed alongside the easing of restrictions, meaning passengers will no longer need to provide a valid reason for leaving the UK.
A ‘Green Watchlist’ will also be introduced to highlight countries at risk of moving from the low-risk green category to amber. However, the taskforce report said the UK government “will not hesitate to act immediately should the data show that countries’ risk ratings have changed”.
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