Since June 8, anyone returning to the United Kingdom has been required to quarantine for 14-days. Now, the UK government says that they’re cutting that quarantine period down – way down, in fact.
From December 15 onward, travelers returning home to the UK will only have to quarantine for 5 days, given that they can provide a negative COVID-19 test.
Travelers will have to book and pay for the COVID test themselves, which will be a barrier for some. The tests cost roughly £120 after all, no cheap rate. Especially if you have to pay for a family of travelers. But for those intent on traveling in the coming months, the change in rules could allow for more travel.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps says “We know that [daily testing] is coming, but we’re not going to get that going until the new year, and then finally there will be the vaccine to take us out of this.”
Some posit that the reduction in quarantine requirements might not affect much, given that many could be awaiting a vaccine to travel, especially with reports that one could be not far off.
We’ll keep you updated as this story develops.