Hope for holidays? Boris Johnson hints daily Covid tests could end quarantine ...

Hope for holidays? Boris Johnson hints daily Covid tests could end quarantine ...
Hope for holidays? Boris Johnson hints daily Covid tests could end quarantine ...

Boris Johnson has boosted hopes that family holidays could be back on the cards by August after suggesting daily testing could be an alternative to self-isolation.

The Prime Minister hinted that ministers were examining plans to offer rapid daily tests to fully jabbed travellers returning from amber list countries as an alternative to quarantining at home.

It mirrors a plan to spare fully vaccinated people from having to quarantine if they come into contact with someone later diagnosed with Covid – provided they take daily tests.

Boris Johnson has boosted hopes that family holidays could be back on the cards by August after suggesting daily testing could be an alternative to self-isolation

Boris Johnson has boosted hopes that family holidays could be back on the cards by August after suggesting daily testing could be an alternative to self-isolation

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Speaking during a lab visit in Hertfordshire yesterday, Mr Johnson suggested this idea could be extended to those returning from holiday, saying: ‘It’s very important we look at the opportunities for all of us over the coming months from two jabs... [we are] one of the most vaccinated countries in the world now.

‘If you look today, everyone over 50 should have been offered their second jab... so there’s a great deal of potential there.

‘But when it comes to travel we’ll certainly be looking at that [the daily testing plan].’

It is thought that easier rules for fully vaccinated travellers could also extend to children – and this is despite them not being jabbed.

However, in his interview yesterday, Mr Johnson stressed the challenges the industry will face and added: ‘This is going to be, whatever happens, a difficult year for travel.’

As it stands, all arrivals from amber countries must quarantine at home for ten days whether they have been vaccinated or not.

Speaking during a lab visit in Hertfordshire yesterday, Mr Johnson hinted that ministers were examining plans to offer rapid daily tests to fully jabbed travellers returning from amber list countries as an alternative to quarantining at home

Speaking during a lab visit in Hertfordshire yesterday, Mr Johnson hinted that ministers were examining plans to offer rapid daily tests to fully jabbed travellers returning from amber list countries as an alternative to quarantining at home

Any move to ditch or ease quarantine rules in favour of daily testing would open up amber destinations for family holidays, including to Spain, Greece, France and Italy (pictured)

Any move to ditch or ease quarantine rules in favour of daily testing would open up amber destinations for family holidays, including to Spain, Greece, France and Italy (pictured)

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Apart from Gibraltar, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, the whole of Europe is currently on the amber list. They can shorten the quarantine with a negative PCR test halfway through – but travellers would still need to isolate for five days which is enough to deter many from travelling.

Ministers are reviewing the current traffic light system – as well as the testing and quarantine rules – during three ‘checkpoints’ over the year.

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