The UK has eased the travel rules for fully vaccinated passengers. Now passengers arriving in England from low-risk countries from October 24 will no longer have to take the expensive Covid-19 test . The travelers returning to England will have to take the lateral flow tests instead of the more expensive PCR test. From October 24, fully vaccinated passengers and most under 18s arriving in England from countries not on the red list can take a cheaper lateral flow test instead of a PCR test. They can take the test on or before Day 2 of their arrival in the UK. These can book the test from October 22,” the UK government said in its order. The UK government added that the eligible vaccinated will order cheaper lateral flow tests from private testing providers as an alternative to a PCR, offering faster results.
“Passengers will need to take a photo of their lateral flow test and booking reference supplied by the private provider. They need to send it back to them to verify the result. Passengers can also book to have a test that they can take on their arrival into the UK at testing centers located in some airports.
The UK travelers who have already bought a PCR do not need to buy another Covid-19 test.
However, travelers who have already bought a PCR do not need to buy another test. With the rule change, anyone who receives a positive result from lateral flow tests will be required to self isolate themselves. It also needs to take a free PCR test through the National Health Service. NHS Test and Trace tests -which can be ordered for free – cannot be used for international travel, the government said.
This month, the UK announced that it would scrap rigid COVID-19 quarantine travel rules for 47 destinations, including India. The UK would recognize the vaccine status of arrivals from more countries in the latest easing of restrictions. India withdrew the travel restrictions that it had imposed on UK nationals earlier. The UK nationals won’t have to quarantine for ten days upon the arrival mandatorily.