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Test to Release: England introduces testing strategy for international arrivals

Created: 24th Nov 2020

Bristol Airport welcomes today’s Government announcement, and sees this as a hugely positive first step towards eliminating the need for quarantine for arriving customers at UK airports.

Passengers arriving into Bristol Airport will be able to reduce mandatory self-isolation significantly; those arriving from countries not featured on the Government’s travel corridor list will have the option to take a test after five days of self-isolation, with a negative result releasing them from the need to isolate.

Link to Government's press release


Dave Lees, CEO, Bristol Airport said:

“As an industry we have called on Government to urgently accelerate a scientifically sound testing regime for customers arriving into the UK which would safeguard public health, reduce the quarantine period, remove uncertainty and allow businesses and passengers to make informed travel choices. Passengers will now have the confidence to book international travel in the knowledge that, from 15 December, they can return home and isolate for a shorter period if they have received a negative test. These measures will be essential for enabling and stimulating international travel for as long as we are living with this virus. Bristol Airport’s number one priority remains the health and safety of our passengers and our work colleagues. We will therefore continue to work tirelessly with our industry partners and Government to implement solutions which will enable the industry to fully restart and recover.”

The Government has also announced new financial support for English airports and the ground handlers serving them. The scheme will open in the New Year.

Dave Lees, CEO, Bristol Airport commented:

“The aviation sector has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and Bristol Airport, along with airports across the UK, has never had the opportunity to recover. We have continued to highlight the urgent need for immediate additional economic support for the winter and steps to support recovery. We await further details on the support available to Bristol Airport but today’s announcement appears to be a welcome relief during what has been the most challenging period in our history. Hundreds of jobs and our economic recovery are on the line. Today’s announcement is vital for the UK economy and must be the first step towards safeguarding the prosperity of the South West, both now and in a post-COVID and post-Brexit world.”