17 September 2021
Matthew Fell, CBI Chief UK Policy Director:
“International travel has been one of the hardest hit sectors during this crisis, and the Government’s change of approach can finally help the industry start to get back on its feet.
“Given the successful roll out of the vaccine programme, it’s only right that international travel rules now reflect that with a new two-tier system. The Government’s decision should make it easier and more cost effective for people who are double-jabbed to travel overseas.
“But for the industry to trade its way back to recovery, more will still need to be done to address the cost and complexity of remaining testing requirements and to open up more countries still-closed to UK travellers.
“The Government must put in place measures to support UK Border Force to ensure more efficient and safe handling of arrivals. It should also push strongly for greater reciprocity between countries with similar levels of vaccination and keep the ‘no go’ list under regular review.”