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PCR travel tests – do you still need them for your holiday and what are the best deals?
PCR travel tests have been a necessary inconvenience and expense for many people who have holidayed abroad throughout this year. But just last week, the Westminster government's rules changed. An announcement from the Department for Transport and the Department of Health and Social Care (dated Friday, September 17) revealed that as well as the removal of the amber list system (making just green and red lists), there were new rules coming in regarding PCR tests. The testing requirements for people travelling into England from non-red list countries apply to fully vaccinated travellers, from Monday, October 4 at 4am. They will no longer need to take a pre-departure test (PDT) when travelling to England. And from the end of October, the government will be changing rules so that eligible fully vaccinated passengers, (with an approved vaccine) from a group of some non-red countries, will be able to replace the day two PCR test with a cheaper lateral flow test. The UK government are keen to bring this into force by late October so that it is in place for people returning from their half-term breaks. Anyone found to have tested positive will need to be subject to the same rules as before – isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test at no additional cost to the traveller – this will be sequenced to help keep track of new variants. In the case of unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated passengers from non-red countries, tests will still include pre-departure tests and day two and day eight PCR tests. People will also need PCR tests if they are returning from a red list country, or have Covid symptoms. Of course, the pandemic has shown that a lot can change within a short amount of time, so while it is not yet expected, it is not impossible that previous rules for PCR tests for green list countries will be reintroduced as we head into the winter mon