The government has confirmed it is considering a testing system for inbound passengers that could potentially replace the blanket quarantine measures stifling travel.
The Telegraph reports ministers will meet on Monday to consider a range of options. These will include testing passengers upon entering the UK and again between five and 10 days after their arrival. This would shorten the current 14-day self-isolation requirement.
A government spokesman told the newspaper:
"Work is on-going with clinicians, the devolved administrations and the travel industry to consider if and how testing could be used to reduce the self-isolation period, but any potential change would need to minimise the chance that positive cases are missed, and maximise compliance with self-isolation rules.”
Iceland has already launched a similar scheme.
The Icelandic government announced a temporary measurement that all passengers arriving to Iceland must undergo 2 COVID tests. The first is at the border on arrival and the second by the primary healthcare service 4-6 days later. In between the 2 tests, arrivals must go into quarantine. The rule will go into effect on August 19.
Heathrow’s Terminal 2 now has an airside Covid testing centre ready, albeit with a £150 fee.