UK To Ease Covid-19 Testing Rules For Most Inbound Passengers Starting Oct 24


The United Kingdom on Thursday announced that it will ease Covid-19 testing rules for most fully vaccinated passengers from low-risk countries, starting October 24 passengers will no longer have to take expensive Covid-19 tests on their arrival in the UK.

The government said that from Oct. 24, the start of school half-term holidays across much of England fully vaccinated passengers and most under 18s arriving from countries not on the red list could take a lateral flow test on or before day two of their arrival, rather than a PCR lab test.

Earlier this month the UK govt has also scrapped its amber list and makes the travel rules simplified for international passengers.

“Mandatory PCR tests will be gone in time for October half-term! For vaccinated adults and families seeking some winter sun abroad. From 24 Oct take a cheaper lateral flow test on return, to make travelling easier and simpler for everyone.”

Said, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps said in a Tweet

Shapps also said, “Taking away expensive mandatory PCR testing will boost the travel industry and is a major step forward in normalizing international travel and encouraging people to book holidays with confidence.”

According to the UK Govt arriving passengers must use lateral flow tests purchased from a private provider listed on the government’s website, rather than free ones available as part of the government Test and Trace scheme, and passengers must upload a photo of their test and booking reference to verify the result.

Anyone with a positive lateral flow test will be provided with a free confirmatory PCR test through the National Health Service.

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