The UK government has launched a “global travel taskforce” to explore ways of reducing the current 14-day quarantine for people arriving in the UK from abroad. The cross-government panel will assess single and double testing regimes in an effort to restore consumer confidence and boost international travel.
Led by transport secretary Grant Shapps and health secretary Matt Hancock, the new taskforce will work with travel industry experts, private sector testing firms, healthcare leaders and scientists. Recommendations will be put forward to the prime minister “no later than early November”. The group will also seek to achieve a an agreement covering all four UK nations.
Unless travelling from a small number of exempt destinations (currently only six), travellers arriving in the UK face 14 days of self-isolation. The taskforce will look at reducing this quarantine time with testing: it will assess both a