Family members can save hundreds of pounds on a half-year vacation after the government announces that it will abolish PCR testing for travelers at the end of next week.
Beginning October 24, the only testing requirement for fully vaccinated UK entry is to have one immunoflow test within 48 hours of arrival in the UK.
Rather than relying on the free immunochromatography available from the NHS, travelers must personally book a test and present proof of booking before boarding a plane, train or boat to the UK.
Upon arrival, you will need to send a photo of the completed test to a private provider.
If it is negative, they can continue their daily activities as usual, and if it is positive, they should immediately self-quarantine and order a PCR test from the NHS.
Currently, travelers from all countries need to book a private PCR, which costs around £ 70 per person.
The cost of lateral flow is estimated to be about half that. This means you can save over £ 100 for a family of four. Ministers warned testing companies not to raise prices in accordance with the new rules.
The list of government-approved providers will be published on October 22, two days before the new regime goes into effect.
Most schools in the UK start their half-year holidays in October that weekend, so parents who want to take their children on holidays can take advantage of more relaxed rules.
Those who have already booked or plan to book a PCR test for a semi-annual trip next week are at risk of not being refunded, depending on the policies of a particular provider.
Health Minister Sajid Javid said: Lateral flow testing will be available later this month for those returning from a semi-annual vacation. “
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will change their travel rules to reflect the UK government’s travel rules, but have expressed concern about the implications of the switch from PCR to lateral flow.
The quick turnaround test is less accurate in detecting infections among people with relatively low viral load. This means that it may not be detected, making it difficult to track the spread of new variants of the potentially dangerous coronavirus.
Dr. Jenny Harries, the new head of the British Department of Health and Security, urged travelers to be tested as soon as possible after arriving in the country.
She states: “Along with the vaccine, the test is one of the first lines of defense against Covid-19.”
Adults who are not fully vaccinated face very strict rules, including the requirement to self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival and undergo a total of three tests.
There are still seven countries in South and Central America and they remain on the Government Red List. This means that it is illegal to travel to the UK from there, except for British citizens and residents who must be quarantined at the hotel.
The vacation company reported a surge in semi-annual break bookings after it was announced that the test rules would be simplified and the number of countries on the Red List would be significantly reduced.
The UK tourism industry is also hoping for a boost as it has made it easier for foreign visitors to come to the UK.
What are the new travel rules?
The only requirement for fully vaccinated adults and all children to travel to the UK is to fill out a passenger locator form before arrival to see if there is a risk of Covid-19 spreading privately. Is to book a lateral flow test.
Previously, after landing in the UK, you had to undergo a more accurate and more expensive PCR test.
When will the new rules take effect?
The Sunday following October 24th is the first day in the United Kingdom where immunochromatography will replace PCR.
The exact dates that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will follow have not yet been confirmed.
Can I take a free test from the NHS?
No. The NHS test and trace system is not intended to be used to facilitate international travel.
Travelers are required to prove that they have booked tests from private providers, including well-known high street chains and numerous small start-ups, as a condition of entry into the UK.
How about a child?
Children aged 5 to 17 must comply with the test requirements. Unlike adults, you do not need to be vaccinated to be eligible for a lighter regime.
What are the unvaccinated rules?
Adults who are not fully vaccinated should take a private PCR test before leaving for the UK. The other arrives within 2 days of arrival and the third arrives in the UK on the 8th day.
You should self-quarantine for 10 days unless you have a fourth PCR test on day 5 and the result is negative.