by Kylie McClellan | Reuters
LONDON – Fully vaccinated travelers arriving in England from low-risk countries from October 24 will no longer have to take expensive COVID-19 tests, the British government said on Thursday.
Last month the government simplified England’s international travel rules to boost the tourism industry, which has blamed testing and complicated rules for slowing air travel in the summer.
The government said that from 24 October, the start of the school half-term in most parts of England, fully immunized travelers and travelers under the age of 18 from countries that are not on the Red List will be allowed to The lateral flow test can be taken on the second day or earlier. Arrival, instead of a PCR laboratory test.
Lateral flow tests are inexpensive and provide rapid results.
In a statement, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps said, “The removal of expensive mandatory PCR testing will boost the travel industry and is a major step toward normalizing international travel and encouraging people to book holidays with confidence.” Is.”
The government said that travelers should use lateral flow tests purchased from a private provider listed on the government website, not available for free as part of the government’s Test and Trace scheme, and verify passengers on their own tests and bookings. A photograph of the reference has to be uploaded. Result.
Anyone with a positive lateral flow test will be provided a free confirmatory PCR test through the National Health Service.