Abta, which represents British tour operators, has said testing costs could provide a barrier for travel, even to “green” list countries.
Mark Tanzer, chief executive, said the Government should consider dropping testing requirements for vaccinated travellers.
“While the framework isn’t perfect – the requirement for a PCR test when you arrive back from a green list country could prove a cost-barrier for many people – we welcome the fact that the Government commits to engaging with industry on this issue,” he said.
“Small changes, like requiring a PCR test only if the individual gets a positive result from a lateral flow test, would make international travel more accessible and affordable whilst still providing an effective mitigation against re-importation of the virus.
“The Government should also consider whether those who have been vaccinated can be exempt from testing requirements, should scientific evidence suggest reduced transmissibility.”
He also said it is vital for the survival of the indsutry that the Government regularly reviews the “green” list.
“Closing off destinations unnecessarily will significantly affect the industry’s opportunity to recover this summer,” he said.