BRITS going on vacation abroad next week can finally book the new lateral flow tests as restrictions are lifted.
From Sunday, the mandatory PCR tests required by UK arrivals to pass on the second day after a public holiday are removed.
Instead, they’re replaced with the cheaper lateral flow tests, with families able to save hundreds per vacation.
The tests can be taken at home, with travelers having to upload a photo of the test and the passport number to identify it.
The government has updated its website with the full list of providers offering Day 2 Lateral Flow testing, which can be booked starting today.
Cignpost Express Test has announced the launch of the tests, priced at £ 25 per person.
The new test can be home delivered or performed at the airport and test sites, with results in 25 minutes, and authenticated when the customer uploads a photo of their test and passport number to the ExpressTest app. .
The government website shows tests starting at £ 20, with the most expensive being £ 28.75 – significantly cheaper than PCRs which start at £ 43, although they are around £ 75 on average.
The new rule change has been welcomed by the travel industry and vacationers, who can now visit most countries without having to self-quarantine on their return.
Only seven countries remain on the red list, with the green and amber lists being removed earlier this month.
Britons are always advised to check local restrictions on where they are going, as many require tourists to be fully vaccinated while others still require testing on arrival.
Morocco recently imposed a flight ban on the UK after cases of Covid surged in the country, with more than 50,000 confirmed daily cases.
TUI, easyJet and British Airways have been forced to cancel flights on short notice with thousands of holidaymakers still stranded abroad.
And the British have been told to get their booster shot if they want to go on vacation abroad next summer.
Care Minister Gillian Keegan said the definition of fully immunized would be changed to include the third dose.