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7 October 2020

Government launches new task force for the safe return to global travel

Sub-theme: Transport


This is the launch of a new Global Travel Taskforce 'to support the travel industry and the safe recovery of international travel'. Chaired by Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, and Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the task force’s work will include considering:

  • how a testing regime for international arrivals could be implemented to boost safe travel to and from the UK
  • other innovative testing models and other non-testing means to facilitate safer international travel
  • what steps can be taken to increase consumer confidence to support the recovery of international travel.

The task force will explore the feasibility of people taking a single test taken after a period of self-isolation (provided by the private sector to ensure that testing for international arrivals does not impact on NHS capacity, at cost of the passenger). It will work with medical experts to assess when a test should be taken based on the progression of the disease. The task force will consult with representatives from the transport industry, international partners, the tourism sector, local business leaders, the private testing sector, and academic and policy institutes in a series of workshops. The task force is expected to put forward initial recommendations in early November. 


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