The Government must recognise the vaccination status of British travellers and ditch “illogical” plans to force them to take tests, say the UK’s leading aviation and travel bosses. In a joint article for The Telegraph, which can be read in full below, the chief executives of BA, Heathrow, easyJet, Manchester Airport Group and Jet2 say the “over-abundance of caution” by the Government is out of kilter with other European countries and threatens millions of Britons’ holiday plans. They say it is illogical to require fully vaccinated British holidaymakers to pay £60 per person to take a PCR test when returning from a safe “green” list country judged by the UK to be low risk, with minimal Covid infections or variants. Even the EU – “not known for rash decisions when it comes to vaccines and the precautionary principle” – is allowing holidaymakers with proof of vaccination to sidestep tests and quarantine, they say. “Instead of taking advantage of the success of the vaccine programme, the Government risks closing the UK off from the rest of the world,” they warn. “Travel even from green countries will still require arrivals into the UK to take a ‘gold-standard’ PCR test … a huge barrier to travel for most people and despite assurances from the Government that tests would be affordable.” Their appeal comes as ministers are due to decide on Thursday which countries will be “green”, allowing quarantine-free travel from May 17. The “tiny handful” is expected to include Gibraltar, Malta, Israel, Iceland and possibly Portugal.