UKHospitality's CEO has made comment on today’s announcement that all international arrivals will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure for entry into the UK.
Kate Nicholls said, “If we want to instil confidence in travellers and gradually encourage international visits then common international standards for pre-departure testing around the world are vital. It is encouraging to see the Government addressing the issue and looking to restore confidence among the public.
“In due course, as travel resumes, restrictions are lifted and travellers’ confidence is restored, this pre-departure testing must replace quarantine. This can boost confidence as well as ensuring that safety remains a priority.
“Sections of the hospitality sector draw a substantial amount of their business from international visitors, be they tourists or business travellers. Getting these visits back up and running safely and smoothly will be key to securing the future of the hospitality sector and therefore the whole economy.”