Calls to speed up airport Covid tests as Cyprus and Lithuania drop off UK’s ‘green list’

Tour operators say removing the two countries is another nail in the travel coffin. Brits have till early Sunday to get home without quarantine

Holidaymakers in Cyprus have until 4am on 1 November to get home before quarantine restrictions come into force. The island’s removal from the government’s travel corridor list prompted travel companies to issue yet more pleas for an effective airport testing system to allow overseas travel to begin to recover. Lithuania was also removed from the list. In both countries the seven-day infection rate had risen above 100 cases per 100,000.

The restrictions come at the end of the season for Cyprus, so their effect will be less harsh than it would have been earlier in the season. Nevertheless, travel companies said the announcement on 29 October by Grant Shapps will further erode what little confidence is left in overseas travel. TUI UK announced it has cancelled all Cyprus holidays up to and including 4 November.

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