UK travelers would be issued free coronavirus tests to take abroad as part of plans to make vacations abroad safer.
Rapid tests will be made available free of charge to reduce the hassle and expense of getting a test in a foreign country, sources told the Mail.
But people returning from abroad will still have to pay for a PCR test when they return home – costing at least £ 50 each.
The reports came as Boris Johnson prepared to confirm Friday that a ban on overseas vacations will be lifted on May 17.
However, it is believed that travel without quarantine is likely to be initially limited to a “very small” number of low-risk countries.
The Prime Minister said last month: “I want international travel to resume.”
Mr Johnson said he was determined to “make things as flexible and affordable as possible”.
As part of the announced new plans, which the Mail said will also be unveiled on Friday, passengers will be offered a fast-rotating side-flow test to take abroad.
A source told the newspaper that health officials were confident that self-administered tests would be sufficient.
It comes after new concerns have been raised by the travel industry about the cost of testing. Research by the International Air Transport Association found that the average minimum cost of a so-called standard PCR test in 16 countries was £ 65, while the average maximum cost was £ 150.