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Article from BTNews 30 NOVEMBER 2020

Shapps lifts travel ban

Holidaymakers in England will be free to travel abroad once the latest lockdown lifts at midnight on 2 December.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the BBC that there would be no ban on international travel, even for those living in Tier 3 areas.

He told the Radio 4 Today programme that as long as people from higher risk areas went straight to an airport "that is something you can do".

He said the new tier restrictions that will replace the nationwide lockdown on 3 December will only prevent people from the highest risk areas from travelling around the rest of the country.

But residents will be free to leave these areas to travel internationally as long as they follow the local rules in their destination and quarantine in the UK when returning from countries not on the travel corridor list.

Mr Shapps told the BBC that the Government was not in the business of telling people that they could not travel, even though it has imposed a ban on all non-essential international travel since the start of the second lockdown.

"You will be able to travel again after 2 December," he added. "Obviously, you should be sensible and cautious with it."

Mr Shapps also confirmed arriving passengers will have the option to take a test after five days of self-isolation, with a negative result releasing them from the need to quarantine.

The  new strategy for testing international arrivals will come into force from 15 December offering a short arrival window before the Christmas holidays.

www.gov.uk/transport/aviation

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