The lack of an Covid testing regime at UK airports is undermining "the vision of Global Britain", a coalition of business groups – including the Tourism Alliance – has warned.
The group has written to transport secretary, Grant Shapps, raising concerns over the country’s 14-day quarantine on arrival policy, and urging the government to change course.
Seen by Sky News, the letter calls on Shapps and fellow ministers to follow the example set by Italy, Germany and France by introducing an airport testing programme.
"If we don’t act fast with testing, we will make it more difficult for British businesses to continue as world class global players," the letter warns.
"While health must come first, we cannot allow the UK to fall behind when there is a solution already in place in more than 30 countries that enables the health risk to be managed while enabling travel.
"We must ensure important trade routes are not irreparably damaged, and the vision of a Global Britain lost."