UKinbound provides qualified response to introduction of mandatory Covid testing

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UKinbound, the only trade body that focusses solely on inbound tourism which represents the UK’s third largest service export earner, has been lukewarm in its response to the government announcement that all international arrivals will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure in order to enter the UK.


With large sections of the hospitality sector securing a substantial amount of their business income from international visitors, restoring visitation numbers to anything approaching pre-Covid levels will be key to securing the future of the sector and the economy as a whole.

Explaining UKinbound’s position, CEO Joss Croft, said: “Testing prearrival is a very positive step forward and something that the industry has been asking for since the summer.

“However, this mechanic alone will fall woefully short when it’s safe to travel again as no one will want to come to the UK if they have to isolate for a minimum of five days.

“Under this new policy, arrivals from non-travel corridor countries still have to quarantine or isolate, an issue that could be eradicated by implementing a second test on arrival.”

He continued: “For travel to recover we also need a common international standard of testing, and we ask ministers to work towards this.

“Inbound tourism will be vital to the UK’s economic recovery, but today businesses in this industry are struggling to survive as they continue to be excluded from key support measures. The Government needs to stop turning a blind eye, act now and actually listen to the inbound tourism industry.”

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