15 Oct, 2021 @ 10:00
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NEW TRAVEL RULES: England introduces cheaper COVID testing for fully-vaxxed travellers from non-red list countries including Spain

Spain keeps its amber status on UK COVID-19 travel lists
File photo dated 22/08/20 of passengers in the arrivals hall at Heathrow Airport, London. The much-anticipated green list of countries that tourists can visit without quarantining on their return will be published on Friday. Issue date: Friday May 7, 2021.

FULLY vaccinated passengers and children arriving in England from non-red list countries such as Spain will be able to take a cheaper lateral flow test instead of a PCR test from October 24.

The British government had said it would introduce the changes but only confirmed the date as October 24 on Thursday, meaning the new rules will kick in time for half-term holidays.

The new rules mean it will be considerably cheaper to perform the compulsory Day 2 test on arrival to England from non-red list countries.

Although the rules only apply to England and not Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland they may well be rolled out there in the coming weeks.

Passengers will still have to book the tests ahead of their flight and include the booking code in the Passenger Locator Form.

Lateral flow tests will still have to be bought privately and list a of approved private providers will be posted on gov.uk on October 22.

However, travellers who are not fully vaccinated will still need to take a PCR test on day two after arriving and must quarantine for 10 days at home.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said it would make travel easier and simpler.

“Taking away expensive mandatory PCR testing will boost the travel industry and is a major step forward in normalising international travel and encouraging people to book holidays with confidence,” he said.


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Fiona Govan

Fiona Govan joined The Olive Press in March 2021. She moved to Spain in 2006 to be The Daily Telegraph’s Madrid correspondent and then worked for six years as Editor of The Local Spain. She lives in Madrid’s Malasaña district with her dog Rufus.

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