LONDON, 14 October (Hfrance.fr) - Fully vaccinated passengers arriving in England from low-risk countries from October 24 will no longer have to take expensive COVID-19 tests, the UK government said on Thursday.
Last month the government simplified the rules for international travel to England to boost the tourism industry, which has blamed the tests and rules complicated for the slow resumption of air transport during the summer. learn more
The government said that from October 24, the start of school holidays in much of England, passengers fully vaccinated and most under 18s ePeople from countries not on the Red List could take a lateral flow test no later than the second day of arrival, rather than a PCR lab test.
Lateral flow tests are cheaper and provide a faster result.
" Eliminating mandatory and expensive PCR testing will boost travel industry and is a big step forward in standardizing international travel and encouraging people to book vacations with confidence, "Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement.
The government has stated that passengers should use lateral flow tests purchased from a private provider listed on the government 's website rather than the free ones available as part of the government's Test and Trace program, and passengers must upload a photo ofe their test and booking reference to verify the result.
Anyone with a positive lateral flow test, a free confirmatory PCR test will be provided by the National Health Service. Report by Kylie MacLellan; Edited by Daniel Wallis
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