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Lateral flow tests to replace PCRs for semi-vaccinated passengers

Lateral flow tests to replace PCRs for semi-vaccinated passengers

Fully vaccinated travelers arriving in the UK will be able to take the cheaper and faster lateral flow tests from October 24 instead of the PCR tests currently required.

The rule applies to all international visits from Britain’s seven countries’ red list: Colombia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.

That is, families returning from a half-year break do not have to leave more than two checks the next day, which can actually be picked up on the day of arrival at the airport.

Health Minister Sajid Javed last week “made it easier and cheaper to travel by allowing vaccinated passengers … to use lateral flow tests on the second day of arrival, but the target was set” October. .

The Department of Health and Social Security (DHSC) has said it should upload the photo of the passenger exam and their booking note and verify the results provided by the private service provider as soon as possible.

They can also order lateral flow tests from private test providers – the approved list will be published on the gov.uk website on October 22nd.

In most schools in the UK and Wales, the half-year ends on the weekends of October 30 and 31, but returns a few weeks earlier.

The DHSC added that eligible passengers picked up at checkpoints located at some airports can register for a one-way flight upon arrival in the UK.

Anyone who receives a positive lateral flow result should be isolated and the PCR test confirmed.

“Whether you are traveling for business or visiting friends and family, we want to make overseas travel easier and cheaper,” Javid said in a recent statement.

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“Lateral flow tests will be available later this month for those returning from half-month leave.”

“Test change is only possible with the amazing progress of our vaccination program,” he said, adding that learning to live with the virus will safely open the door.

Transport Secretary Grant Shops said the move was “an important step in the normalization of international travel” and that families can now book flights “with confidence”.

“Today’s regulatory changes will make attendance easier and cheaper for those looking forward to a good holiday in mid-October,” he said.

In a tweet filled with emojis, Shopis said the move would “make the journey easier and simpler for everyone”.

But Paul Charles, chief executive of the computer agency’s travel consultancy, denounced the change as inadequate.

Using the words of the Minister of Transport against him, Mr Charles told the Palestinian News Agency: “Pilot operations are not only the fault of many, but also prevent people from booking with confidence due to travel taxes and high costs.”

The buzz of holidaymakers on social media came after the news was announced, with some praising it as “good” and “too late”, while others described it as “irresponsible”.

“This is good news if you travel a lot in and out of the UK,” Nick Goodman said. Twitter.

A woman who only calls herself Charlotte on Twitter responded directly to Mr Shoppe’s post, asking if he thought the change was emotional in light of “today’s government case numbers.”

“The lateral flow tests are incredible,” he said. BooksAnd, “If we get a new type of vaccine that doesn’t work in this country, it’s under your watch!”

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Recent government statistics show that there are 45,066 confirmed government laboratory cases in the UK in the last 24 hours.