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Coronavirus news - live: New travel plan for foreign holidays 'blow to all travellers', say industry chiefs

The Independent logo The Independent 9/04/2021 09:44:24 Kate Ng
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Travel industry leaders have criticised the government's new plans to allow international travel to continue from 17 May as unaffordable and risked "making flying only for the wealthy".

Plans drawn up by a taskforce under transport secretary Grant Shapps will follow a traffic light system to divide destinations based on coronavirus infection risk. But arrivals from even the safest countries will be required a take a Covid test prior to departure and a PCR test after arrival, which could cost as much as £200.

EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren said the plan was a "blow to all travellers, while the Business Travel Association (BTA) called it "yet another hammer blow" for the industry, which has been largely shut down for months.

Mr Shapps said the new framework for international travel will "help allow us to reopen travel safely and sustainable, ensure we protect our hard-won achievements on the vaccine rollout and offer peace of mind to both passengers and industry".

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