Travellers returning via red list travel hubs will be able to dodge quarantine on their return, it has been reported.
Ministers are said to be agreeing a plan which will let people passing through travel hubs in United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Bahrain without having to isolate in a hotel.
Currently, anybody arriving from a red list country must spend £1,750 per person to live in a quarantine hotel for 10 days.
The exemption to that rule would be applicable for travellers who remain airside of so-called ‘travel hubs’ and do not physically enter the red-listed country.
It comes ahead of restrictions for fully-vaccinated EU and US citizens being lifted to allow for quarantine-free travel from amber list countries.
A government source said that an agreement was soon to be reached, it has been reported.