Families returning from vacation this semester could be forced to spend an additional £ 75 on PCR tests once they return to the UK, it has been reported.
Currently, the government requires everyone entering the UK to pay for a PCR coronavirus test no later than the second day after arrival, regardless of their vaccination status.
The government last month said travelers would no longer need Covid tests before leaving for Britain, while unpopular PCR tests currently required on the second day after arrival would be replaced by flow tests lateral cheaper.
While the Department of Health and Welfare (DHSC) said the government “aimed” to have cheaper lateral flow tests ready and in place in time for mid-term, a source told The Sun that ministers had been urged to keep the tests due to fears. on new variants.
“There is a good chance that PCRs will still need to be taken after the midterm vacation,” the source told the newspaper.
The move would be a blow to millions of vacationers and the beleaguered travel industry.
Authorities were working to remove the requirement for passengers returning from Green and Orange List countries to take PCR tests before school holidays.
British holidaymakers leaving Ibiza Airport. The government has said returning travelers will no longer be required to pay for a PCR test once they return to the UK, and will instead have a cheaper lateral flow test. However, a firm source told The Sun that PCR testing “should still be done after the mid-term vacation” due to fears of new variants.
Those arriving from countries on the government’s amber list must also take a pre-departure test, which can be a PCR test or a lateral flow test.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who feared people taking the tests would lie about the results, offered returning travelers to take their lateral flow test during video calls supervised by a company health advisor private.
The test is not required for Green List countries, while those traveling from Red List countries must pay to stay in UK quarantine hotels for ten days.
Travelers will still be required to follow the testing rules of the country they are traveling to, but most countries in the EU have dropped the requirement for PCR testing for fully vaccinated people.
On Monday, new rules were introduced to make travel to the UK ‘easier and cheaper’, including removing the light travel system and replacing it with categorizing countries as ‘red list’ or ‘rest of the world’ “.
The government said the new rules also mean that from the end of October, eligible passengers fully vaccinated with an “approved vaccine and recognized certificate” from a country not on the red list will be able to “replace their test. from the second day by a cheaper lateral test flow, reducing the cost of testing upon arrival in England ”.
A spokesperson said: “The government aims to put this in place when people return from vacation halfway through.”
Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who feared those who took the tests could lie about the results, offered returning travelers to take their lateral flow test during video calls overseen by a company health advisor private, reported The temperature.
Man takes PCR test in doctor’s office during pandemic (file photo)
Elsewhere, travel industry leaders have speculated that PCR testing will be phased out for the cheapest alternative around October 25 – the start of the semester for many families.
Last month, Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed that no date had been set for the phasing out of PCR testing for fully vaccinated travelers.
Asked when PCR testing could be replaced with lateral flow testing, Shapps told the Commons Transport Select Committee that the Department of Health and Welfare (DHSC) was “aware” of semester dates. of October.
He added, “They (DHSC) are aware of the half terms and are working closely with private sector providers to make sure we can do it as quickly as possible.”
Holidaymakers could be forced to film themselves taking a side-flow Covid test after returning to Britain in new proposals to ensure people don’t lie about the positive results
Sajid Javid wants holidaymakers to film themselves taking a coronavirus test after returning to the UK, it was reported last night.
The government plans to replace the requirement for doubly vaccinated travelers to take a PCR test on their return to Britain with a much cheaper side-flow swab.
But the health secretary is said to be concerned that those who take the tests could be lying about the results.
It offers travelers to take their lateral flow test on video calls supervised by a health advisor from a private practice, The temperature reported.
This is similar to how some pre-start tests that were scrapped last weekend were done.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester yesterday
No date has been set for the change, but there is speculation among travel industry leaders that it will be around October 25, the start of the semester for many families.
On Monday, new rules introduced to make travel to the UK “easier and cheaper” came into effect.
The UK’s traffic light system involving Green, Amber and Red lists has been removed with locations classified as Red Listed or not.
It comes amid reports that the number of countries on the red list will be reduced to nine from 54 later this week.
Destinations such as Brazil, Mexico and South Africa are expected to open up to non-quarantine travel.
Fully vaccinated – and unvaccinated residents under the age of 18 – from more than 50 countries and territories can now enter the UK without needing to pass a lateral flow test before departure.
Only one test after arrival will now be necessary. Children under 11 were already exempt from pre-departure tests.
Person holds negative lateral flow Covid-19 test in front of UK passport (file photo)
Those arriving from a red tier destination will still be required to spend 11 nights in a quarantine hotel priced at £ 2,285 for solo travelers.
The relaxation of quarantine and testing regulations – announced last month – has been welcomed by the travel industry.
Airlines and tour operators were hit hard during the pandemic and accused the government of being too slow to relax and simplify the rules for international travel.
Britain’s current Red List of 54 countries and territories
The UK government’s “red list” of 54 countries is expected to be reduced to just nine. Here are the countries currently on the red list:
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Trinidad and Tobago