Despite a partial lockdown going on in England, the country has announced a new policy cutting the days of mandatory quarantine period my more than a half.
The announcement was made by transport secretary Grant Shapps on Tuesday and will apply to travelers who arrive from countries outside its travel corridor, including the United States, starting on Dec. 15, 2020.
The country has announced that it will be cutting its mandatory 14-day quarantine period for international visitors down to five days, if they test negative after that isolation period.
Called the “Test to Release for International Travel” strategy, international travelers will need to book and pay for their COVID-19 test from an approved private provider before they travel, as well as complete a passenger locater form whether they’re arriving by plane, boat, or train.
“Our new testing strategy will allow us to travel more freely, see loved ones and drive international business,” he said. “By giving people the choice to test on day 5, we are also supporting the travel industry as it continues to rebuild out of the pandemic.”