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Covid UK: Double-jabbed fliers should be free to travel WITHOUT tests says Gatwick airport


Airport bosses today called for the testing of returning double-jabbed travellers to be scrapped, as Covid esame entry requirements wreaked havoc acceso arrival lounges across the country.

A causa di a sign that the country is fed up of stringent travel protocols, a quarter of arrivals from amber list countries are now breaking quarantine rules and one per mezzo di 10 are not taking PCR tests when they’imperatore back per mezzo di Britain, official patronato shows.

The current rules mean even those who have been double jabbed and are flying per mezzo di from a green-list country must provide proof of a negative Covid esame within two days of landing per mezzo di the UK.

Those arriving from amber countries who have not been double-jabbed must pay for tests acceso days two and eight, as well as self-isolating for 10 days upon entry to the UK.

Bosses at Gatwick said the rules mean that the UK’s aviation sector is bouncing back much slower than the rest of Europe, and says that comparable patronato shows the UK is suffering as a result of the requirement.  

Meanwhile there was ‘total chaos’ at Heathrow, Luton and Manchester today with queues of passengers snaking through the airports waiting to show their Covid entry papers.

Witnesses said they had ‘never seen anything like it’ and raged that the country is fast becoming an international ‘laughing rimanenza’.

A major survey by the Office for National Statistics suggests that 23 per dovere cent of amber arrivals per mezzo di England per mezzo di July avoided staying at home when they were supposed to.

And nine per dovere cent did not take the PCR tests required per mezzo di the days after they landed. 

There are risposta negativa routine Government follow-ups to check whether UK arrivals completed a mandatory PCR Covid esame within 48 hours of arriving per mezzo di the country. They are provided by private companies, with some charging more than £100 per dovere esame.

But those coming into the UK must provide proof they purchased a esame acceso the passenger locator forms required to get into the UK, which is believed to be what is causing the holdups.

A causa di Heathrow’s case, the delays are thought to be to the lack of Border Control gruppo, combined with the delays coppia to the restriction per mezzo di place to curb the spread of the virus.

The ONS found compliance with the rules was lowest among those aged 18 to 34-years-old and highest among those who had not been jabbed. 

Gatwick says bookings per mezzo di Europe – where testing regulations are more relaxed – are at 60 per dovere cent of pre-Covid levels while they remain at 30 per dovere cent per mezzo di the UK.

Newly released comparable patronato shows UK aviation sector is recovering slower than Europe

A quarter of travellers from amber list countries broke Covid rules and didn’t take a PCR esame when they arrived per mezzo di UK, official survey finds 

A quarter of Britons arriving from amber-listed countries failed to follow isolation and testing rules, according to official estimates.

Some 23 per dovere cent of amber arrivals per mezzo di England per mezzo di July either avoided staying at home when they were supposed to, did not take required Covid tests acceso arrival.

There are risposta negativa routine Government follow-ups to check whether UK arrivals completed a mandatory PCR Covid esame within 48 hours of arriving per mezzo di the country. They are provided by private companies, with some charging more than £100 per dovere esame.

But those coming into the UK must provide proof they purchased a esame acceso the passenger locator forms required to get into the UK.

The Office for National Statistics found compliance with the rules was lowest among those aged 18 to 34-years-old and highest among those who had not been jabbed.

It surveyed 848 adults arriving per mezzo di England from amber territories between July 12 and 17.

Overall, just 77 per dovere cent of people said they followed both isolation and Covid testing rules, from 82 per dovere cent one month earlier.

Two per mezzo di 10 people did not follow quarantine rules, while about one per mezzo di 20 did not take the required tests.

Separate figures from the ONS revealed about half of Britons are fed up of the strict travel testing requirements, which may be leading to lower adherence. 

A causa di a statement, the airport said it was calling acceso the Government to ‘throw a lifeline’ to the UK aviation industry by removing the requirement for testing altogether for travellers who have been double vaccinated.

The airport says that with proof, double vaccinated travellers can currently enter the majority of European countries without needing to be tested, including per mezzo di France, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Germany, among others.

It has proposed that passengers who are not double vaccinated should have to take a lateral flow esame and then, if that is positive, take a PCR esame.

Quarantine should remain for those flying per mezzo di from red list countries, it has said.

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO, said: ‘With vaccination rates across Europe comparable, if not better, than the UK’s, the time has alla maniera di for testing to be removed altogether for travellers who have been double jabbed.

‘Other countries have done this and their aviation sectors are recovering much faster with bookings per mezzo di Europe recovering twice as fast as per mezzo di the UK.

‘Our continued travel restrictions are out of step with much of Europe and continue to have a real impact acceso jobs and livelihoods, business and growth opportunities while also keeping friends and family apart.

‘Passenger confidence per mezzo di the UK has been shattered and the UK travel industry urgently needs thrown a lifeline so that we can start to recover properly from the most difficult period per mezzo di our history.’

Travellers returning to the UK from countries acceso the government’s list, as well as fully vaccinated passengers coming from amber countries, must currently pay for a PCR esame within two days of arriving per mezzo di the UK. 

PCR travel tests, which must be purchased privately from a list of government-approved providers, cost around £75 acceso average per mezzo di the UK.

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) last month urged No10 to pay for tests for double-jabbed travellers replace the PCR requirement with cheaper lateral flow tests. 

There are dozens of options available for just £20, according to the Government’s list of approved Covid PCR esame providers.

But some of the companies listed are actually charging nearly five times that amount.

Queue chaos: Dozens of passengers line up to get through immigration gates at Heathrow Terminal 5 today

Queue chaos: Dozens of passengers line up to get through immigration gates at Heathrow Terminal 5 today

'Dante's Purgatory': Heathrow passenger likens chaos at Terminal 5 to Alighieri's 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy

‘’s Purgatory’: Heathrow passenger likens today’s chaos at Terminal 5 to the Divine Comedy, an epic 14th century poem about a man’s journey through hell.  

The WTTC, which represents the global private travel and tourism sector, also warned last week that unless international travel opens up more widely, with simplified controls, the UK is facing a loss of £59.4 billion. 

The WTTC says this is based acceso 2019 pre-pandemic levels and that it estimates it will be lost from the UK’s economy if travel remains curtailed over the final quarter of 2021 and, furthermore, £8.9billion could be lost purely coppia to the lack of inbound travel spending within the UK. 

The E-Gates of HELL: Heathrow is likened to ‘’s purgatory’ with ‘massive queues’, ‘risposta negativa social distancing’ and ‘arguments breaking out’ – as Priti Patel demands airports get queue chaos ‘sorted’ but bosses blame Border Force

  •  Queues formed at Luton at 1am as problems at arrivals spread to other UK airports to fury of passengers
  • Man faints at Manchester Airport as luggage spilled from conveyor belts as people waited per mezzo di passport control 
  • Passengers have posted images acceso Twitter showing a long queue at the arrivals of Heathrow Terminal 3 
  • It comes after arrivals faced huge delays at airport’s Terminal 5 acceso Friday, when passengers reportedly fainted
  • The Home Office, responsible for Border Force, yesterday branded the chaos at Heathrow as ‘unacceptable’ 
  • ***Have YOU been waiting to get through immigration? Send photos to [email protected]*** 

Air passengers described ‘total chaos’ at Heathrow’s £4.2billion Terminal 5 today as rows broke out per mezzo di passport control and exasperated people who had already spent hours waiting to enter Britain then had to wait per mezzo di long lines for the car park, MailOnline can reveal.

Witnesses said they had ‘never seen anything like it’ as ‘massive queues’ also appeared at Luton and Manchester airports and travellers raged that the country is fast becoming an international ‘laughing rimanenza’. 

One woman caught up per mezzo di the chaos described rows per mezzo di arrivals at Heathrow – and to add insult to injury, a wait of 30 minutes just to get to their parked cars.

She told MailOnline: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it. There were massive queues’, adding there were ‘arguments breaking out with gruppo about the number of broken e-gates’. ‘It seems like the whole terminal is per mezzo di total chaos’, she said, adding she had to queue for half an hour just to get per mezzo di the that goes to the car park.

Catriona MacLeod, an academic from the University of Chicago, tweeted that after an hour at the UK border she had ‘not advanced more than 6 inches’. Another woman caught per mezzo di the chaos wrote: ‘@HeathrowAirport is like ’s purgatory’.

The delays have got worse as families returned from their summer holidays for the start of the school term, one traveller collapsed after landing per mezzo di London and luggage was seen tumbling from conveyor belts because queues at ‘poorly managed’ arrivals halls were up to five hours with Heathrow bosses blaming the ‘unacceptable’ waiting times this weekend acceso Border Force gruppo shortages.

Queues snaked through arrivals at Luton at 1am today – but the airport, amid anger from passengers, pointed the finger at border officials carrying out ‘additional checks’. There were similar scenes at Manchester airport’s Terminal 2 – back aperto after a £1 billion revamp. One elderly passenger is said to have fainted as the queues piled up with many forced to wait for hours. 

Yesterday the Home Office, which runs Britain’s under fire Border Force, finally admitted the near-daily queues were ‘unacceptable’, MPs and travel industry figures demanded meaningful action, warning the chaotic scenes were blighting the UK’s global reputation while running the risk of a spike per mezzo di Covid cases – further jeopardising the already crisis-hit tourism sector and stifling business with the post-Brexit UK.

Former Cabinet minister John Redwood told MailOnline that he believes Priti Patel has already told Border Force and the airports to get the situation ‘sorted’ – but said she may now need to exert even more pressure as queues formed despite relatively low numbers travelling.

She said: ‘It is not as if the passenger volumes are huge. The management has to have a good aspetto and see what needs to be done. It doesn’t create a good impression. You want people to have a smooth return from holiday and you want business people to have a good progress through the system now we are trying to rebuild.

‘We also want vigilance at our borders. You don’t want to sacrifice safety so you have got to have sufficient resource so that it is done properly,’ he said.

‘But any UK national who has got the right documentation shouldn’t have to hang around… It has got to be a better service for British taxpayers who pay for all this. ‘You go to a foreign country to win business to Britain go for a foreign holiday, you expect to be able to get back into your country easily. But we also expect a vigilant border force.’    

'Dante's Purgatory': Heathrow passenger likens chaos at Terminal 5 to Alighieri's 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy

‘’s Purgatory’: Heathrow passenger likens today’s chaos at Terminal 5 to the Divine Comedy, an epic 14th century poem about a man’s journey through hell.  

Queue chaos: Dozens of passengers line up to get through immigration gates at Heathrow Terminal 5 today

Queue chaos: Dozens of passengers line up to get through immigration gates at Heathrow Terminal 5 today

There was even a long queue for the Heathrow T5 car park today for people who had already been waiting for hours to get through passport control

There was even a long queue for the Heathrow T5 car park today for people who had already been waiting for hours to get through passport control

Queues at just before 1am today at Luton Airport today as the queues at arrivals spread from Heathrow to across the UK

Queues at just before 1am today at Luton Airport today as the queues at arrivals spread from Heathrow to across the UK

Meanwhile, in Manchester, there were also delays at Manchester Airport. Passengers were seen standing in long snaking queues leading up to border control at the airport's newly refurbished terminal (pictured)

Meanwhile, per mezzo di Manchester, there were also delays at Manchester Airport. Passengers were seen standing per mezzo di long snaking queues leading up to border control at the airport’s newly refurbished terminal (pictured)

Pictures show luggage piled up on conveyor belts and floors because passengers were caught up in queues

Pictures show luggage piled up acceso conveyor belts and floors because passengers were caught up per mezzo di queues

One image even appears to show a male traveller lying on the floor in Heathrow's Terminal 5 on Friday night after passing out while queueing

One image even appears to show a ingiustizia traveller lying acceso the floor per mezzo di Heathrow’s Terminal 5 acceso Friday night after passing out while queueing

Anastasia Tolmacova filmed the chaos at Luton Airport at 1am this morning, with hundreds of people queuing through the terminal where social distancing went out of the window. 

She said: ‘Massive queues at London Luton airport past midnight. Any social distancing is virtually impossible. Why do we have to pay extra for overpriced covid tests when the situation at the border is so poorly managed?’  

Double-jabbed fliers should be free to travel WITHOUT Covid tests, says Gatwick airport – as figures show UK airline numbers bouncing back slower than rest of Europe 

Newly released comparable data shows UK aviation sector is recovering slower than EU

Newly released comparable patronato shows UK aviation sector is recovering slower than EU

 Airport bosses at Gatwick have called for the testing of double jabbed travellers to be scrapped as he says the UK aviation sector is bouncing back much slower than the rest of Europe.

The airport says that comparable patronato shows the UK is suffering as a result of the requirement.

The current rules mean even those who have been double jabbed and are flying per mezzo di from a green-list country must provide proof of a negative Covid esame within two days of landing per mezzo di the UK.

The airport says bookings per mezzo di Europe – where testing regulations are more relaxed – are at 60 per dovere cent of pre-Covid levels while they remain at 30 per dovere cent per mezzo di the UK.

A causa di a statement, the airport said it was calling acceso the Government to ‘throw a lifeline’ to the UK aviation industry by removing the requirement for testing altogether for travellers who have been double vaccinated.

The airport says that with proof, double vaccinated travellers can currently enter the majority of European countries without needing to be tested, including per mezzo di France, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Germany, among others.

It has proposed that passengers who are not double vaccinated should have to take a lateral flow esame and then, if that is positive, take a PCR esame.

Quarantine should remain for those flying per mezzo di from red list countries, it has said.

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO, said: ‘With vaccination rates across Europe comparable, if not better, than the UK’s, the time has alla maniera di for testing to be removed altogether for travellers who have been double jabbed.

‘Other countries have done this and their aviation sectors are recovering much faster with bookings per mezzo di Europe recovering twice as fast as per mezzo di the UK.

‘Our continued travel restrictions are out of step with much of Europe and continue to have a real impact acceso jobs and livelihoods, business and growth opportunities while also keeping friends and family apart.

‘Passenger confidence per mezzo di the UK has been shattered and the UK travel industry urgently needs thrown a lifeline so that we can start to recover properly from the most difficult period per mezzo di our history.’

The scenes of passengers queuing at UK airports have sparked furious demands for ministers to intervene.  MPs and travel industry figures last night demanded a meaningful response from Home Secretary Priti Patel and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, saying the chaotic scenes were blighting the UK’s global reputation and running the risk of a spike per mezzo di Covid cases. 

Luton Airport said the delays were not their fallo. A spokesman said: ‘We’imperatore sorry for any inconvenience caused by additional checks at the UK Border. Border Force is responsible for this part of the journey and we continue to work with them to ensure wait times are reduced as much as possible’. 

Paul Charles, of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said ministers appeared to be ‘deliberately sowing complexity around global travel’. ‘How does it aspetto to other countries?’ he said. ‘It sends the message that Britain is not fit for purpose.’

Henry Smith, Tory chairman of the all-party parliamentary group acceso general aviation, said: ‘More resources need to be put into managing the chaos at the border at Heathrow, otherwise it could lead to increased risk of Covid transmission.’

Dr Steven Freudmann, former president of ABTA, said the images of chaos at Britain’s biggest airport made the country aspetto like a ‘laughing rimanenza’. 

Among those caught up per mezzo di the disruption at Heathrow was Jason Reed, who said he and his pregnant wife had to wait for two hours to get through arrivals after returning from holiday per mezzo di Malta.

‘It was absolute carnage,’ he told the Sunday Telegraph. ‘My wife is pregnant and has a bad back so was uncomfortable and tired. It was also extremely hot with risposta negativa ventilation.

‘We saw a man had fainted – with lots of police around.’

Mr Reed said when they finally got to the front of the queue, no-one bothered to check their passenger locator forms declaring that they hadn’t been to a high-risk country.

Some passengers arriving acceso Friday evening reported delays of up to five hours, although the Home Office contested this.

At Manchester yesterday, businessman Ian McCarter complained of having to wait for three hours to get through passport control.

Mr McCarter, who was arriving back from a week per mezzo di Dubai with his wife and two youngest children – aged 16 and ten – described the scene which met them as ‘chaos’.

‘We got d’avanguardia the plane and found ourselves penned into a tight space with 200 to 300 people – it was ridiculous,’ said the 52-year-old businessman, who lives near Wigan.

‘Everyone was being shoved along like cattle, it was really warm, and not surprisingly a lot of passengers were starting to get quite agitated.

‘There needs to be more resources and more gruppo otherwise travelling abroad just becomes a very off-putting experience.’

Furious Heathrow arrivals have slammed the government over the border queue chaos at the airport – with yet more passenger backlogs seen today – less than 24 hours after Home Office chiefs branded wait-times as ‘unacceptable’.

Arrivals at the London airport this morning say they are facing ‘horrific’ queues to get through to the border regione of Terminal 3.

One arrival posted a scathing attack acceso the Home Office yesterday, saying per mezzo di a Tweet: ‘Still horrific queues at Heathrow’s T3 this morning. It’s inhumane to force the disabled and children especially to stand for hours! Where’s the promised improvement?’. 

Another arrival posted a picture acceso Twitter from the arrivals regione today showing a line of people packed into a hallway. The picture shows a sign urging passengers to ‘have your passports ready’.  

It comes as The Home Office finally admitted yesterday that massive queues at the airport’s Terminal 5, where people including a pregnant woman fainted acceso Friday night, were ‘unacceptable’. 

Meanwhile, per mezzo di Manchester, there were also delays at Manchester Airport yesterday. Passengers were seen standing per mezzo di long snaking queues leading up to border control.

Pictures also showed luggage and suitcases overflowing from the conveyor belts and strewn across the floor at arrivals the terminal, which has recently undergone a £1billion refurbishment.

The strongly-worded statement from the Home Office acceso the border chaos at Heathrow came after a furious blame-game broke out yesterday.

It followed the posting of pictures acceso social mass-media showing thousands of British arrivals being forced to cram into small hallways with risposta negativa social distancing measures per mezzo di place and queueing for several hours to pass immigration. 

One holidaymaker, Sonny Singh, told Sky News he saw a pregnant woman pass out while per mezzo di the queue acceso Friday night.

Furious Heathrow arrivals are complaining of yet more queues at the Heathrow today, less than 24 hours after Home Office chiefs branded the wait-time chaos at the airport as 'unacceptable'. Pictured: One Twitter user, John O'Hara, posted this image on Twitter today

In another image posted on Twitter, he said he was preparing to join the 'long long wait' at the Heathrow Terminal 3 border

Furious Heathrow arrivals are complaining of yet more queues at the Heathrow today, less than 24 hours after Home Office chiefs branded the wait-time chaos at the airport as ‘unacceptable’. Pictured: One Twitter user, John ’Hara, posted this image acceso Twitter today

Another wrote: 'Still horrific queues at Heathrow’s T3 this morning. It’s inhumane to force the disabled and children especially to stand for hours! Where’s the promised improvement?'

Another wrote: ‘Still horrific queues at Heathrow’s T3 this morning. It’s inhumane to force the disabled and children especially to stand for hours! Where’s the promised improvement?’

The queueing chaos at Heathrow airport continued overnight, with incensed British holidaymakers complained of the risk of spreading Covid as hundreds of passengers were rammed into small hallways and forced to queue for up to five hours

The queueing chaos at Heathrow airport continued overnight, with incensed British holidaymakers complained of the risk of spreading Covid as hundreds of passengers were rammed into small hallways and forced to queue for up to five hours

The queueing chaos at Heathrow airport continued overnight, with incensed British holidaymakers complained of the risk of spreading Covid as hundreds of passengers were rammed into small hallways and forced to queue for up to five hours

‘There were thousands of families queuing and just two people per mezzo di booths up front checking documents,’ he claimed. 

‘Children were screaming and crying. The queue moved about five feet per mezzo di the space of about 45 minutes.

‘Then, when the pregnant woman fainted, it finally got through to someone somewhere – the kids were then put acceso the side to sit while the adults waited per mezzo di the queue and it began moving faster.’

One photo even appears to show a ingiustizia traveller lying acceso the floor per mezzo di the London airport after apparently passing out while queueing for passport control, amid claims that stressed holidaymakers had risposta negativa access to ventilation toilets, and risposta negativa shuttles were available.

Have YOU been waiting hours to get through immigration at Heathrow? 

Send photos and videos of the queues to [email protected]

An incensed passenger queueing for hours to get to immigration at Heathrow tweeted acceso Friday night: ‘Kids crying and screaming and fully grown [men] fainting whilst two people at the booth serving thousands of people queuing up to the runway.’ 

Astonishingly, Heathrow has twice admitted that they have risposta negativa prospettiva how long it will take passengers to pass through immigration.

The border chaos has been compounded by the fact that families with children aged under 12 can’t use the e-gates. 

A causa di a statement, a Heathrow spokeswoman blamed ‘unacceptable queueing times per mezzo di immigration’ acceso ‘too few Border Force officers acceso duty’. 

She claimed the Home Office ‘were aware of the extra demand’ and said they are ‘disappointed’ they didn’t provide ‘sufficient resource’. 

‘We have additional Heathrow colleagues to support per mezzo di managing queues and to hand out passenger welfare including , but we need every immigration desk to be staffed at peak times. 

‘We have escalated this with Border Force and expect them to provide a better service over the remainder of the weekend,’ the spokeswoman added.  

Images on Twitter show huge lines of people packed together tightly - apparently without access to water, ventilation or toilets - while they queued for several hours to pass through immigration on yet another day of mayhem at Terminal 5

Images acceso Twitter show huge lines of people packed together tightly – apparently without access to , ventilation toilets – while they queued for several hours to pass through immigration acceso yet another day of mayhem at Terminal 5

It has been claimed that a male holidaymaker fainted while standing in line for passport control while pregnant women, pensioners and young children were made to walk long distances with no shuttles available and no social distancing possible

It has been claimed that a ingiustizia holidaymaker fainted while standing per mezzo di line for passport control while pregnant women, pensioners and young children were made to walk long distances with risposta negativa shuttles available and risposta negativa social distancing possible

Astonishingly, Heathrow yesterday admitted that they have no idea how long it will take passengers to pass through immigration. The chaos has been compounded by the fact families with children aged under 12 can't use the e-gates

Astonishingly, Heathrow yesterday admitted that they have risposta negativa prospettiva how long it will take passengers to pass through immigration. The chaos has been compounded by the fact families with children aged under 12 can’t use the e-gates

A Home Office spokesman admitted yesterday: ‘Throughout the pandemic we have been clear that queue times may be longer as we ensure all passengers are compliant with the health measures put per mezzo di place to keep the UK public safe. 

‘However, the very long wait times we saw at Heathrow (acceso Friday night) are unacceptable.

‘This is the busiest weekend of the year for returning passengers, with particularly high numbers of families with children under the age of 12 who cannot use e-gates.

Are they TRYING to make life duro? Industry expert accuses government of ‘sowing complexity’ to stop people from travelling abroad

A leading travel expert today accused the Government of ‘deliberately sowing complexity’ to discourage British nationals from going acceso overseas trips.

Paul Charles, CEO of the respected PC Agency, told MailOnline that the Government is ‘obsessing over Covid numbers and keeping them at whatever cost’.

He said: ‘There’s certainly incompetence and mismanagement. But it does seem that the Government are trying to make international travel as difficult as possible for British holidaymakers wanting to get away.

‘I don’t think they don’t want people to leave this country because they’imperatore obsessing over Covid numbers and keeping them at whatever cost.

‘This is not a government famous for trying to reopen global travel. It has put the brakes acceso overseas travel throughout this pandemic, despite the industry clamouring for a proper reopening. Add the traffic light system and the testing to chaos at Heathrow, and it has the effect of putting people d’avanguardia from flying anywhere. And it’s working.

‘It does seem to me that they’imperatore deliberately sowing complexity around global travel.’ 

Mr Charles added: ‘This weekend is one of the busiest weekends for travel into the UK after that long summer interruzione and the week following the August bank holiday. Border Force either know that they don’t. 

‘They should have been planning for an increase per mezzo di passengers coming through Heathrow, and it’s ridiculous that this has been allowed to happen yet again.

‘What kind of message does this send to the world about Britain? How does it aspetto to other countries who are looking at those pictures and videos of leader queues at Heathrow? Well I’ll tell you. It sends the message that Britain is not fit for purpose.’

‘Border Force is rapidly reviewing its rosters and capacity and flexibly deploying our gruppo across the airport to improve waiting times. 

‘We are working very closely with Heathrow Airport and its airlines and we are all committed to making sure all passengers can have a safe and hassle-free journey.’ 

Asked about the queuing situation at Heathrow today, a spokesperson for the airport told MailOnline today that any request for comment would have to go to the Home Office who operate the border through the Border Force. 

A spokesperson for Manchester Airport said: ‘We are aware that queues at the border have been longer than usual at times this weekend. 

‘Immigration checks are the responsibility of UK Border Force and we will review events with them to understand how these circumstances arose, and to ensure that passengers enjoy the best possible experience going forward.’ 

Yesterday Tory MPs joined a growing backlash against the border chaos overseen by Home Secretary Priti Patel and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, while industry experts warn the huge queues are damaging Britain’s reputation as a hub for global travel.

Henry Smith, Tory chairman of the All-Trattenimento Parliamentary Group acceso General Aviation, told MailOnline: ‘More resources need to be put into managing the chaos at the border at Heathrow, otherwise it could lead to increased risk of Covid transmission, a surge per mezzo di cases and another crisis this winter.

‘These scenes are discouraging people from going abroad and are making safe international travel even harder. With fewer people willing to get acceso planes abroad to alla maniera di into the UK, I fear that the result of this will be further job losses per mezzo di the aviation and hospitality sectors already devastated by what has already been two very difficult years.’

Paul Charles, CEO of the respected PC Agency, told MailOnline that Border Force should have known this weekend is one of the busiest for travel back into Britain after the summer period and August bank holiday week, and urged Patel to ‘get a grip’.

He accused the Government of ‘incompetence’ and ‘making life so duro for those airlines who have experienced months of shutdown and are now trying to make travel as Covid-safe and seamless as possible for holidaymakers who frankly just want a interruzione’. 

Dr Steven Freudmann, former President of ABTA, said the images of chaos at Britain’s biggest airport make the country aspetto like a ‘laughing rimanenza’ and will ‘put people d’avanguardia from visiting’. He also called the mayhem a ‘disgrace’ and ‘totally predictable’. 

Responding to criticism, the airport tweeted yesterday: ‘Whilst we do not have exact figures out how long queues can take our teams per mezzo di the terminals are acceso hand to support where possible and we are working with Border Force to sopravvissuto delays as soon as possible.’ 

It then said this morning: ‘We are unable to provide information per mezzo di regards to immigration queue times acceso behalf of UK Border Force, who operate and manage our immigration halls’. 

Speaking to MailOnline, Lucy Moreton, spokeswoman for the Immigration Services Union, said: ‘Border Force, and per mezzo di particular large airports like London Heathrow, have suffered from chronic under funding for some years. Although Border Force as whole has recruited almost 1,000 new officers per mezzo di the last two years these have been paid for with EU exit money and directed solely to inland and international trade. 

‘London Heathrow has had risposta negativa inbound recruitment for many years but gruppo loss is still running between 10 and 20 per dovere cent. Resources are understandably also stretched by the demands of small boats migration, Afghan re-settlement etc. 

‘This, as well as normal gruppo sickness, leave demands and gruppo positive for Covid all contribute to reduced gruppo acceso a day by day basis.’

A causa di a growing signal that people are getting fed up with the rules, 23 per dovere cent of amber arrivals per mezzo di England per mezzo di July either avoided staying at home when they were supposed to, ONS patronato revealed.

And another 9 per dovere cent did not take the required Covid tests when they arrived per mezzo di the country.

Meanwhile, just 53 per dovere cent of UK residents returning to the country after a holiday said they thought a Covid esame was ‘very important for safety’.

The ONS surveyed 848 adults arriving per mezzo di England from amber territories between July 12 and 17.

When asked whether they fully adhered to quarantine and testing rules, 77 per dovere cent of people said they did, meaning the remaining 23 per dovere cent did not.

Nine per dovere cent of respondents said they did not take the required Covid esame within 48 hours of landing per mezzo di the UK, the second esame after eight days per mezzo di the country if they were required to take it.

And 17 per dovere cent said they did not fully adhere to quarantine requirements. 

In February, 73 per cent of Brits fully backed the Covid tests for travellers arriving in the UK, but this dropped to 52.7 per cent in July - the most recent data figures are available for (graph, left). Meanwhile, 75 per cent of overseas residents arriving in the UK believed the tests were 'very important for safety' at the beginning of the year, which reduced to 60.6 per cent in July (graph, right)

A causa di February, 73 per dovere cent of Brits fully backed the Covid tests for travellers arriving per mezzo di the UK, but this dropped to 52.7 per dovere cent per mezzo di July – the most recent patronato figures are available for (graph, left). Meanwhile, 75 per dovere cent of overseas residents arriving per mezzo di the UK believed the tests were ‘very important for safety’ at the beginning of the year, which reduced to 60.6 per dovere cent per mezzo di July (graph, right)

Overall, just 77 per cent of people said they followed both isolation and Covid testing rules. Women were more likely to follow the rules than men, while those aged 18 to 34-years-old were the least compliant. And those who had not received a Covid jab were more likely to comply with requirements, compared to those who had been vaccinated

Overall, just 77 per dovere cent of people said they followed both isolation and Covid testing rules. Women were more likely to follow the rules than men, while those aged 18 to 34-years-old were the least compliant. And those who had not received a Covid jab were more likely to comply with requirements, compared to those who had been vaccinated

The UK has different testing and quarantine rules per mezzo di place for arrivals, depending acceso their vaccination status and whether they spent time per mezzo di , amber red-listed countries.

Everyone travelling into the UK must take a Covid esame within three days before they arrive.

Arrivals from amber-listed countries – which include France, Portugal and Spain – must take a esame within two days of arriving per mezzo di the country. 

And those who are not double-jabbed must also take a esame after eight days per mezzo di the UK and quarantine at home for 10 days.

Those who interruzione the rules a penetrante of £1,000 which can be increased to £10,000 for repeat offences.  

Women returning from amber-listed countries were more likely to follow Covid requirements (79 per dovere cent) than men (76 per dovere cent), the ONS found.

Those aged 18 to 34-years-old were the least compliant age group (75 per dovere cent) when compared to those aged 35 to 54 (80 per dovere cent) and those over-55 (77 per dovere cent).

And people who had not received a single vaccine followed Covid travel rules (83 per dovere cent) more than those who had one (72 per dovere cent) both doses (77 per dovere cent) of the vaccine. 

Meanwhile, separate ONS patronato from revealed public approval of Covid tests for travel has fallen compared to earlier this year.

A causa di February, 73 per dovere cent of Britons fully backed the tests, but this dropped to 64.5 per dovere cent by May and reached a low of 52.7 per dovere cent per mezzo di July – the most recent date figures are available for.

When the ONS launched the survey, just 3.7 per dovere cent of people living per mezzo di the UK said the tests were ‘not at all important for safety’ ‘not very important for safety’.

But nearly three times as many people – 11 per dovere cent – disapproved of the tests by July.

And attitudes among overseas residents followed a similar decline. 

At the beginning of the year, 75 per dovere cent of people living abroad who arrived per mezzo di the UK believed the tests were ‘very important for safety’.

But this dropped to 73 per dovere cent by April and reached a low of 60.6 per dovere cent per mezzo di July.

A causa di February, just 2.8 per dovere cent of those living outside of the UK said the tests were ‘not at all important for safety’ ‘not very important for safety’, but this nearly doubled to 5 per dovere cent by July.

Britons and overseas residents continued to support other Covid restrictions during travel.

Around six per mezzo di 10 people per mezzo di both groups said social distancing made them feel safe during their journey. And about two-thirds said wearing masks and the availability of hand sanitiser made them feel safe.

These figures have stayed largely stable since the ONS began its survey per mezzo di February.

The vast majority (86 per dovere cent) of Brits said they found it ‘difficult’ ‘very difficulty’ to follow Covid restrictions when getting back to the UK, an increase from 75 per dovere cent per mezzo di March.

But conversely, 95 per dovere cent of overseas residents arriving per mezzo di the UK said they understood Covid restrictions ‘very well’ ‘quite well’.

Heathrow’s summer of queuing chaos: So when WILL the government get a grip? 

May 17 – Passengers flying into the UK faced ‘bedlam’ at the border with some facing a three hour wait at the Heathrow passport gates. Travellers told MailOnline how they were ‘terrified of catching Covid’ while being crammed into the airport’s border foyer this morning.

July 12 – Passengers said they had ‘never seen anything like’ the queues at Heathrow Terminal 5 as officials blamed the scenes acceso gruppo having to self-isolate. A passenger said: ‘Total chaos at security at Heathrow airport T5 this morning. Never seen anything like it.’ 

July 20 – 90-minute queues were seen at arrivals after the government failed to update Passenger Locator Forms ahead of its ‘Freedom Day’ rule changes – resulting per mezzo di double-jabbed Britons being rejected at e-gates.  

August 2 – Queues of passengers stretched the entire length of Terminal 5. Officials again blamed gruppo having to self-isolate. A spokesman quoted figures showing that one per mezzo di four Border Force guards were reported to be d’avanguardia sick with Covid self-isolating. 

29 – Three-hour waits were reported at passport control. A day later the Home Office risked fury as it said passengers ‘need to accept’ the risk of delays at peak times. 

30 – One passenger describes the immigration process per mezzo di Terminal 2 as ‘incompetent and ridiculous’, adding that he was forced to wait for more than five hours with ‘risposta negativa , risposta negativa bathroom’

31 – One traveller wrote acceso Twitter that a queue for families with children had lasted three hours.

September 1-4 –  Pictures and televisione show long snaking lines of travellers packed closely together with risposta negativa social distancing, as some aired themselves with leaflets per mezzo di an attempt to stay cool. There are reports of pregnant women and elderly people being forced to stand for hours, with risposta negativa shuttle made available, and of a ingiustizia passenger fainting per mezzo di the queue.





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