After coronavirus cases declining, the UK has eased travel rules for fully vaccinated travellers. As of now travellers arriving in England from low-risk countries from October 24 will no longer have to undergo an expensive Covid-19 test.

Now travellers returning to England will have to undergo a lateral flow test from October 24 instead of the more expensive PCR test.

UK government said in its order, "From 24 October fully vaccinated passengers and most under 18s arriving in England from countries, not on the red list can take a cheaper lateral flow test, instead of a PCR test, on or before Day 2 of their arrival into the UK. These can be booked from 22 October,"

Under the current system, PCR tests taken on the second day after arrival in England can cost around INR 7,722.85 ($103) per person.

The UK government said qualified immunizations would be able to order cheap lateral flow tests from private test providers as an alternative to a PCR, which would provide faster results.

Meanwhile, Passengers who have already purchased a PCR need not buy another test, the order said.

With the rule change, if anyone gets a positive result from lateral flow tests, he or she will have to self-isolate and undergo a free PCR test through the National Health Service.


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