As work begins on the revived Global Travel Taskforce, aimed at “restarting international travel in a safe and sustainable way,” many questions remain about the original project.
The co-chairs were the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, and the health secretary, Matt Hancock. They promised: “We will develop proposals at pace.”
One aspect, “Test to Release,” has been deployed in England – allowing arrivals to reduce self-isolation from 10 days to five, though with the need to arrange a total of three Covid tests.
Yet progress on other recommendations appears to have been minimal.
The first report identified the need for “a global framework for validating test results and vaccination records”. It noted: “The global harmonisation of measures will simplify travel between countries, strengthening public confidence in international travel and enable travel to be more quickly reestablished between countries.”
While the government says it is working with other countries to develop a “vaccine passport,” the 20 million-plus British adults who have had at least one vaccination have not been given documentation that is likely to support international travel…