NHS Covid tests for travellers to the UK have had costs reduced

NHS Test and Trace PCR tests for travellers are reducing in cost, after Sajid Javid described testing providers as acting like ‘cowboys’.
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Anyone traveling to the UK, even if fully vaccinated, is required to have a PCR test upon arrival.

Incoming travellers are required to take a PCR test on Day 2 after arriving if you are fully vaccinated and traveling to the UK from a amber list or green list country. If you are not fully vaccinated both a Day 2 and Day 8 test is required and quarantine may also be imposed.

It has recently became a noticeable problem that the prices of these required PCR tests have become quite costly and very unreasonable. The UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said in a Tweet:

“Too many providers are acting like cowboys and that needs to stop.”

NHS Test and Trace tests will now be charged at £68 which is down from the previous £88, which is for people who are fully vaccinated and coming from amber or green list countries, which only require the Day 2 test.

The cost to unvaccinated travelers who are travelling from an amber list country will now be £136, down from £170.

It is worth noting that despite many private providers charging quite high costs, there are many choices and some companies are charging as little as £20 for a Day 2 PCR test for fully vaccinated travellers.

Overtime hopefully we will see the costs of Covid tests reduce significantly. It would appear that the fear of large additional costs from Covid tests is putting many people off traveling currently.

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