Free pre-departure Covid-19 testing for all holidaymakers is to be offered by Sandals Resorts International.

The tests will take place in resorts across the Caribbean all-inclusive company’s Sandals and Beaches Resorts brands.

Tests conducted by certified medical professionals will be carried out within 72 hours of departure, with results available within 24 hours.

The testing initiative follows the recent government announcement that travellers returning to the UK must present a negative Covid-19 test result before boarding their flight home.

The company said: “Whilst travel from and to the UK is not permitted currently, Sandals and Beaches Resorts are taking proactive steps for when customers are able to return to the islands.”

Tests will be made with appointments offered “with minimal distraction” to the overall holiday experience.

The on-resort testing is an expansion of Sandals ‘Platinum Protocols of Cleanliness’

Executive chairman Adam Stewart said: “Through the expansion of our Platinum Protocols of Cleanliness, we are continuing to ensure our guests’ health and safety are our number one priority.

“We are dedicated to providing peace of mind for all our guests as we follow the latest developments in real-time, to safeguard their experience, so that they can always travel to our resorts with confidence.”