UK PM wants to make travel testing regime easy

The boss of easyJet Johan Lundgren has criticized some of the government's plans to restart travel, questioning the role of testing.

Asked about Lundgren's comments and asked if rapid lateral tests could replace PCR tests in the requirements for travellers, Johnson said the government wanted to make things "as easy as we possibly can."

Johnson added that while people had to "be realistic" over international travel resuming, the government was still targeting May 17 as the date it would permit the public to again travel for recreational purposes.

The prime minister also echoed the sentiments of his minister for COVID Vaccine Deployment, Nadhim Zahawi, in ruling out any domestic use of vaccine certificates when outdoor hospitality venues reopen on April 12.

Johnson also said they would not be required when indoor pubs and restaurants reopen on May 17, but that their use for international travel would likely become "a fact of life."

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