Families who try to go on foreign holidays this summer could face paying £600 for coronavirus tests – even if the destination is on the “green list”.
The Government’s new traffic light system means that every traveller has to take a minimum of two tests when flying to a low-risk destination.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to reveal a traffic light system for overseas trips based on the other countries’ infection rates and vaccination levels, reports The Sun.
Brits may be able to avoid Covid tests and quarantine under some plans and circumstances.
Holiday hot spots will be ranked under the traffic light system into green, amber and red locations.
And, Brits can will be allowed to fly to “green” countries with low Covid rates and strong vaccine rollouts.
Boris Johnson is also expected to explain more on vaccine passports, lockdown and social distancing.
Those who plan on flying abroad could be made to pay a minimum of £400 for a family of four to get pre-departure tests.
And, the post-arrival test may add a further £200 to the costs.
When travellers arrive, locations could also demand a pre-trip test to be shown at the border unless you are fully vaccinated.
When returning to the UK another test would need to be taken 72 hours prior to boarding your flight.
And, another test will be needed two days after arrival to ensure holidaymakers have not caught a mutated strain, reports the Daily Mail.
Last night, it was said that Brits who have had two doses of the vaccine could avoid quarantine when returning from an “amber” country.
Those who are fully immunised may only need to have one test when returning to the UK, claims the Daily Telegraph.
Comparatively, unvaccinated people may need to have multiple tests and quarantine for 10 days.
It’s also claimed that vaccinated travellers could return to the UK from a green list county without having to do a test.
A Government source said: "For amber countries, you would remove home quarantine.
"The debate is whether there will be any testing required instead of quarantine."
However, there may be as few as 12 countries on the “green list” for isolation-free travel.
And, the move may see Bahrain, Dubai and the US at the top of the lists due to rapid vaccination roll outs.
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Caribbean islands including Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda and Barbados may also be some of the first locations to re-open, reports the Sun.
Nations with slower vaccine programs and high infection rates will require quarantine.
Here’s what the traffic light colours mean so far:
- Green – pre-flight lateral flow tests will be required at the travellers cost and a “sequencing test” within days of arriving in the UK.
- Amber – The same as green, but those coming to the UK must isolate for 10 days or five days with a negative test.
- Red – Arrivals must isolate in an authorised hotel at their own cost.
Always check the latest rules on travel on the gov.uk website before booking trips abroad.
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