The costs of the tests could add hundreds of pounds to the holiday bills of British tourists. The move has been strongly criticised by both MPs and travel industry leaders, who fear that the extra costs will make “travel unviable and unaffordable for many people.” Under the new plans, people travelling to countries on the Government’s “green list” will be required to take a gold standard PCR test on their UK return.
A PCR test costs roughly £120 per person, meaning a family of four could be landed with an extra £500 bill for their holiday.
The Government is worried that even countries on the “green list” may still harbour Covid variants, which they are determined to prevent from entering the UK.
This means that everyone, including those who have been vaccinated against the deadly virus, will have to take the test.
The tests must be administered either on or before the second say of arrival in the UK.
Travellers returning from “green list” countries, however, will not be required to quarantine.
The Government’s plans have been sharply criticised by both politicians and industry insiders.
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The Government attempted to head off the criticism by promising to review the situation on June 28.
It is planning to replace the current ban on travel with a traffic light system from may 17.
Countries will be ranked according to their vaccination rates, number of infections, as well as the prevalence of Covid variants and their ability to conduct genome sequencing.