As of 4 a.m. on October 24, fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to book and pay for PCR tests to be performed after arriving in England.
Instead, vaccinated travelers can use cheaper lateral flow tests when they arrive in the country from overseas.
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This relaxed measure only applies to vaccinated travelers arriving from destinations not included in the red list.
The new rules will be a welcome change for travelers, as the high price of PCR tests has been a subject of controversy.
Passengers found themselves paying over £ 50 per person for a PCR test, which is more than double the price of many lateral flow tests.
The new rules also apply to travelers under 18 who live in the UK or any of the 100 other countries listed, whether or not they are vaccinated.
Passengers will still need to pre-book these tests before traveling to the UK and will need to send a photo of their test to verify the result.
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Those who do not send a photo face fines of up to £ 1,000.
Anyone who tests positive will need to self-isolate and take a free NHS PCR test to confirm the result.
Tests will need to be purchased from private companies, as passengers cannot use the free tests provided by the NHS to travel.
The government website provides a tool that gives a list of vendors for lateral flow testing in each region.
Other rules such as completing the passenger tracking form before entering the country will continue.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “I am delighted that from today eligible travelers to England, who have received the life-saving Covid-19 vaccine, can benefit from a lateral flow test. cheaper, providing faster results.
“This huge boost to the travel industry and the public will make it easier and cheaper for people to book vacations and travel abroad, and it is thanks to our incredible vaccination program that this is possible.
“Anyone who tests positive should have a PCR test, which, if positive, can be genomically sequenced to look for variants and further help us fight this virus. “
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