The government says it hopes PCR tests will not be needed by the end of the October half term break. The UK traffic light system has already gone. It means restrictions will largely be eased for vaccinated people wanting to take a mountain break. UPDATED
The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has said he hoped to change the Covid tests needed for people coming to the UK in time for families returning from half-term holidays.
Lateral flow tests will replace PCR tests.
The break for many schools starts on 22nd October.
However no firm date has been given, but it is expected ‘in the coming days’ according to the government.
“We anticipate having it ready for the half term, and what a difference it will make for people,’ said Mr Shapps.
“If it’s negative, that’s it, you’re free to go, and the good thing is that can either be done, as I say, as soon as coming through the gates, potentially, at some airports where they might offer that, or you may have ordered a test to be at your home,” he told the BBC.
“And that’s it, the job is done, there’s nothing further to do. So it’s going to be a much simplified, much cheaper system.”
Currently, fully vaccinated adults entering the UK must take a PCR test within two days of arriving.
Rules on overseas travel have been eased across the UK and now there are just red list countries where cases of Covid-19 are high.
None of the main skiing nations in Europe and North America are on the red list.
Fully vaccinated travellers coming into the UK from a non-red list country do not have to take a PCR or lateral flow test before setting off.
Currently all travellers, except children under 5-years old, still have to book and pay for a PCR test two days after arriving in the UK.
It looks like this will now go by the end of the half-term break.