Travel Covid tests could be scrapped by early 2022
Aviation minister Robert Courts hinted Covid tests for travellers may be ditched in early 2022.
Hoping the aviation industry will ‘bounce back’ in the coming months, he told industry leaders the testing policy will be reviewed in early January.
"We’re going to review the policy. We’ll be looking to see what we can do at that stage," he said at the Airlines 2021 conference.
"We all want to reduce not just testing but all the restrictive measures."
Although fully vaccinated travellers don’t have to self-isolate anymore, they still must pay for and take a test on entering the UK.
"I think we’ve had overly restrictive measures in place in the UK for far too long, and that’s definitely slowed down the recovery," IATA chief Willie Walsh said at the conference.
He urged the Department for Transport to be ‘more vocal in defending the aviation industry.’
"It has a job to do to ensure that other parts of government understand the critical contribution that aviation makes."
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