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Latest travel news: France and Spain will be banned, as only a few countries on the “ green ” list

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Abta, which represents UK tour operators, said the costs of the tests could be a barrier to travel even to “green” list countries.

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Mark Tanzer, chief executive, said the government should consider dropping testing requirements for vaccinated travelers.

“While the framework is not perfect – requiring a PCR test upon your return from a greenlist country could prove to be a cost barrier for many people – we welcome the fact that the government is committed to engaging with the industry on this issue, “he said.

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“Small changes, such as requiring a PCR test only if the individual tests positive from a lateral flow test, would make international travel more accessible and affordable while providing effective mitigation against re-importation of the virus.

“The government should also consider whether those who have been vaccinated can be exempted from testing requirements, if scientific evidence suggests reduced transmissibility.”

He also said it was vital for the survival of the industry that the government regularly reviews the “green” list.

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“Closing destinations unnecessarily will drastically affect the opportunity for the industry to recover this summer,” he said.


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