Heathrow Airport’s CEO called for the government’s traffic light system to be abolished for international travel.
John Holland-Kaye said more emphasis should be placed on assessing individual travelers rather than classifying countries.
The signaling system ranks destinations as green, amber, or red, depending on the risk factors for the coronavirus.
The restrictions that travelers face when returning to the UK depend on the color of their destination.
Holland-Kaye said he believes the system “had time”.
“It was a good system to have the right system in place to manage risk when we couldn’t assess individual risks, so let’s move on to individual assessments,” he told Sky News on Monday. rice field.
The system has been accused of discouraging people from booking vacations in the face of concerns that the country could change categories suddenly.
In June, due to a change in Portugal’s status, the British struggled to take their early morning flight home, and speculation about Spain’s status made the Foreign Secretary admit that the rules were confused.
At Heathrow Airport, passenger numbers in August fell by 71% compared to the same month before the pandemic.
However, Heathrow’s boss said he supported maintaining the Red List for countries that seemed to be at high risk.
What is a traffic light system?
Depending on the risk of travelers getting infected with the coronavirus during their visit, the country will be listed in green, amber, or red.
Persons arriving from Greenlist countries do not need to be quarantined when they return to the UK, but they do need to undergo pre-departure and PCR tests on or before the second day of their return to the UK.
The national rules for the amber list depend on the individual’s vaccination status. If fully vaccinated, people do not need to be quarantined when they return to the UK, but they do need to be tested. Unvaccinated or completely unvaccinated individuals should be quarantined for 10 days or 5 days and tested for early departure.
Persons arriving from a Red Listed country must stay in a quarantine hotel for 10 days and return a negative test while there. The cost is £ 2,285 per person.
“In our view, we maintain the Red List so that countries with very high levels of concern about new variants continue to be quarantined by hotels, but for everyone else, Let’s move on to individual assessments, “he said.
“Therefore, if you are double vaccinated, you do not need to be tested. Even if you are not double vaccinated, you still need to have an immunochromatography test, which proves to be positive. You only need to have a PCR test if you do, “he said. “It allows us to take a step back to normal life and normal travel.”
The government has not given a potential termination date for the traffic light system, but some experts suggest it could be October.
Travel journalist Simon Calder predicted that the system would be “virtually abandoned, especially because of the very high immunization rates in the UK.”
Paul Charles, CEO of PC Agency, a travel PR and brand consultant specialist, suggests that this could happen on October 1st.
The traffic light system will be reviewed every three weeks and will be announced on Wednesday or Thursday. The next update is scheduled for this week.