Sajid Javid said he would like to abolish the PCR test for travelers “as soon as possible” in a report that it could occur before the school’s half-year vacation in October.
Ministers are working to withdraw the PCR requirements for green and amber list countries ahead of the expected major revision of British travel rules by October 1.
At the same time as the announcement of the PCR test, it is predicted that the three-layer signaling system for travel may be scrapped and replaced to make it easier for fully vaccinated people to travel.
According to reports, the PCR testing currently required, costing an average of about £ 70 on the second day of arrival, will be discontinued in favor of the currently free lateriometry test.
The move will be welcomed by vacationers and industry leaders who have criticized the exorbitant cost of PCR testing.
Health Minister Sajid Javid told SkyNews that he was aware of the high cost of family travel from PCR tests and should not enforce the rule “one second longer than absolutely necessary.” ..
He states: “I’m not going to make that decision right now, but I’ve already asked the authorities to get rid of this kind of invasion at the moment we can.”
The UK has one of the highest Covid infection rates in Europe and also has the strictest travel rules. In some European countries, including Germany and France, you may be asked for proof of vaccination or a negative test result, but you do not already need a PCR test on arrival.
What do you expect to change?
Ministers will regularly review traffic light destinations this week on Wednesday, September 15th or Thursday, September 16th.
Croatia, Israel, Jerusalem and Barbados are one of the countries at risk of transitioning from green to amber. Turkey, Seychelles and Thailand (currently on the Red List) can be amber.
In addition, the traffic light system will be reviewed before the checkpoint date of October 1, when the government evaluates the system.
According to the report, the three-tier system will be replaced with two travel lists and the amber and green categories will be merged into one “safe travel” list. Arrivals from red destinations will need to be quarantined at the hotel, but the red list (currently 62 countries) will be significantly reduced.
This change could also prevent PCR testing companies from exploiting expensive travelers with delayed testing and results.
It is still unclear how the changes will affect those who have not been double-jabbed.
What are the current rules?
Currently, fully vaccinated passengers arriving in the UK from countries on the green and amber list must take the Covid test before flying to the UK and within two days of entering the country. If the result is negative, there is no need to separate.
Those who are not fully vaccinated should take one test when arriving from a green country, two tests from an amber destination, and spend up to 10 days in quarantine.
In the red category, all arrivals must be self-quarantined in a government-approved quarantine hotel for 10 days.