The whole point of Covid travel restrictions – in the case of the UK, a strict two-week quarantine for arrivals from most of the world – is to reduce the risk of imported infections.
We didn’t bother with travel restrictions back in March, when they might have made a difference. Now, when they are as pointless as an ashtray on a motorbike, we seem obsessed with them. The travel corridors continue to come and go (goodbye Liechtenstein, hello Tenerife), there is talk of air bridges with Dubai and New York, and airport testing is slowly becoming reality.
Unless you live in New Zealand, or some other far-flung island nation, Covid is now endemic. Even a vaccine, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser has confirmed, is unlikely to change that fact. Every country in the world is – at varying speeds, but with steely certainty – approaching the same destination: if not