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Effective December 15, 2020 people visiting England from abroad will soon be able to reduce their quarantine by more than half if they pay for a COVID test after five days, that country’s transport secretary has announced. It is gathered that the tests from private firms will cost between £65 and £120.
Grant Shapps said the scheme would “bolster international travel while keeping the public safe.”
The travel industry welcomed the policy but described it as “long overdue”.
Under the new travel rules, passengers who arrive from a foreign destination not on the government’s travel corridors list will still need to enter self-isolation.However, if they pay for a test after five days and it comes back negative, they will no longer need to self-isolate.
Results will normally be issued in 24 to 48 hours. This means people could be released from quarantine six days after arrival.
“Our new testing strategy will allow us to travel more freely, see loved ones and drive international business. By giving people the choice to test on day five, we are also supporting the travel industry as it continues to rebuild out of the pandemic,” Shapps said.