Parents will NOT have to pay for Covid testing for children under 11 for vacation abroad

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Airlines bosses, including easyJet's Johan Lundgren, have warned that current testing requirements could make travel prohibitive, with Covid testing costing more than the flight itself in some cases.



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Affordable overseas vacations drew closer last night after government sources said parents would not have to pay for Covid testing for children under 11 under the ‘fireworks’ system. signage ”introduced May 17.

Under these plans, Britons will be allowed to fly to ‘green’ countries with low Covid rates and strong vaccine deployments – provided they pass tests before leaving and returning home.

Travel industry officials had warned families would be reluctant to book if they were forced to find an extra £ 600 to pay for the tests on top of the cost of the holiday.

Government sources said parents would not have to pay for Covid testing for children under 11 under the ‘traffic light’ system introduced on May 17

But last night, government sources said only children aged 11 and over should take the tests.

They added that Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps would ensure that manufacturers who “profiteer” from the most reliable PCR tests lower their prices and that the system would likely allow families to take less “lateral flow” tests with them. expensive and faster when traveling abroad easily get results before returning home.

Mr Shapps gave the green light to vacationers to book trips abroad on Friday.

He said: “This is the first time that I can come and say that I do not advise against booking a vacation abroad. ”

He added that people could realistically start booking in “two or three weeks”.

Ministers will reveal in early May which countries will be labeled under the new system as green, orange or red, each with different levels of restrictions.

Those arriving from green countries will need to take a PCR test within 72 hours of departure for the UK and a second within two days of arrival. They won’t need to quarantine.

Airlines bosses, including easyJet's Johan Lundgren, have warned that current testing requirements could make travel prohibitive, with Covid testing costing more than the flight itself in some cases.

Airlines bosses, including easyJet’s Johan Lundgren, have warned that current testing requirements could make travel prohibitive, with Covid testing costing more than the flight itself in some cases.

Anyone arriving from an Orange country will also need to take a pre-departure test, with further PCR tests on the second and eighth day, and will need to be quarantined at home for ten days – although there will be a option to purchase an additional PCR. test on the fifth day as part of the “release test” program to enable travelers to end their self-isolation earlier.

People arriving from higher risk Red List countries will be forced to quarantine at a specific hotel at a cost of £ 1,750. Travel to and from countries will remain prohibited for most people, with only UK and Irish residents allowed to enter the UK from Red List countries.

Mr Shapps said: “I think there is light at the end of the tunnel and we can restart international travel. […] in a safe and secure manner, knowing about the vaccinations, everything we know about the disease this year, and of course that great caution – having the tests in place.

At present, people are prohibited from traveling outside the UK for non-essential reasons.  Last week, The Mail on Sunday revealed that officials were working to find a way to provide cheaper tests to vacationers.

At present, people are prohibited from traveling outside the UK for non-essential reasons.  Last week, The Mail on Sunday revealed that officials were working to find a way to provide cheaper tests to vacationers.

At present, people are prohibited from traveling outside the UK for non-essential reasons. Last week, The Mail on Sunday revealed that officials were working to find a way to provide cheaper tests to vacationers.

At present, people are prohibited from traveling outside the UK for non-essential reasons.

Last week, The Mail on Sunday revealed that officials were working to find a way to provide cheaper tests to vacationers.

Airlines bosses, including easyJet’s Johan Lundgren, have warned that current testing requirements could make travel prohibitive, with Covid testing costing more than the flight itself in some cases.

Boris Johnson confirmed he wanted to lower the bill families would have to pay for testing, saying, “I think we want to make things as easy as possible. ”

The Prime Minister added: “The boss of easyJet is right to focus on this issue. We’ll see what we can do to make things as flexible and affordable as possible.

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