Fully vaccinated international passengers arriving in England from non-redlisted countries can take a cheaper and faster lateral flow test from October 24 instead of the PCR version, the government said.
Those who have been vaccinated, and most under the age of 18, can take a lateral flow test no later than the second day of their arrival in the UK.
The change will take effect for those returning from a vacation halfway through, with Covid-19 testing available for booking through private vendors listed on the government website.
The Department of Health and Social Affairs said tests can be booked from October 22 and passengers must upload a photo of their test to verify their results as soon as possible. Anyone who tests positive will need to self-isolate and have a confirmatory PCR test.
Eligible travelers are those vaccinated in more than 100 countries and territories, including Brazil, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey, and will be eligible for the quarantine exemption.
Sajid Javid, Secretary of Health, said: “We want to make traveling abroad easier and cheaper, whether you are traveling for work or visiting friends and family.
“Lateral flow tests will be available later this month for those returning from vacation mid-term.
“This test change is only possible because of the incredible progress in our vaccination program, which means we can safely open travel as we learn to live with the virus. “
Passengers can also book a test which they can take upon arrival in the UK at centers located at certain airports.
The government added that travelers who have already purchased a PCR do not need to purchase another test, and lateral flow tests for international travel must be purchased from a private supplier, as the NHS test and trace tests cannot be used for international travel.
Grant Shapps, Transportation Secretary, said: “Today’s rule changes will make arrival testing simpler and cheaper for people across the country who are eagerly awaiting well-deserved breaks for this. October semester.
“The removal of costly mandatory PCR testing will boost the travel industry and is a big step forward in standardizing international travel and encouraging people to book vacations with confidence. “
The government has said it will expand the regulations to allow certain tests supplied to the private test market that are awaiting validation to remain in the market in the short term to address any potential supply shortages.
It will continue to publish a list of private test providers that meet minimum standards from which the public can choose, as well as the PCR testing options available.