Brits are going to be faced with a huge added financial burden this summer if they opt to take a trip abroad now the Government is insisting that Covid test are necessary.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said there is now “light at the end of the tunnel” for families desperate for summer sun, but the added cost of testing may be a stretch too far for some.
A new traffic light system will be introduced, but even for green list countries, from which no quarantine will be needed, families face bills of hundreds of pounds in tests when they return to the UK.
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The green, amber and red system is meant to protect the UK’s vaccine rollout by stopping jab-resistant new Covid variants getting a foothold in the UK.
The “permission to travel” form, and £5,000 fine for travelling without a valid reason like work or bereavement, will be dropped in late Spring.
Initial lists for the traffic light system will be published early next month and you could also face separate restrictions in each destination country.
The “red list” is already in operation. It currently has 39 destinations on it, including all of South America and southern Africa.
The Department for Transport (DfT) rhas efused to confirm whether foreign holidays will be permitted from May 17, which is the earliest date under the Prime Minister’s road map for easing coronavirus restrictions in England.
Mr Shapps announced a “framework” for overseas leisure travel, which included requiring all arrivals to take pre-departure and post-arrival coronavirus tests last week.
Post-arrival tests must be the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) type which cost about £120, he said.