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Background tests to replace PCR for half-term for vaccinated passengers.

Passengers fully vaccinated. England They will be able to take cheap and fast background flow tests from October 24 instead of the earlier required PCR tests.

The change in rules will apply to all international visitors except the UK. Red list, Which currently includes only seven countries: Colombia, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.

This means that families returning from their half-term breaks will not have to spend almost as much on the two-day exam after arrival.

There was intense pressure on the government to confirm whether the change would move to a popular holiday destination when Health Secretary Sajid Javed said last week that the government would allow people to use fully vaccinated passengers. Is making travel easier and cheaper. On the second day of arrival the background flow test… “- but only given” end of October “as the target

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said passengers must upload a picture of their test and booking reference, which will be provided privately, so that results can be verified as soon as possible.

They will also be able to order lateral flu tests from private testing providers – one of which will go live on the website on October 22.

The DHSC said eligible passengers would be able to book a lateral flow test upon arrival in the UK, which could be done at testing centers at some airports.

Anyone who gets a positive background flow result will still need to isolate themselves and take a certified PCR test.

“We want to make it easier and cheaper to go abroad, whether you are traveling for work or visiting friends and family,” Mr Javed said in a recent statement.

Late flow tests will be available later this month for those returning from a half-term vacation.

He added that the change in testing was “only possible” because “the incredible progress of our vaccination program, which means we can travel safely because we learn to live with the virus.”

Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapes called the move “a major step in normalizing international travel” and said families would now be able to book trips with confidence.

“Today’s rule changes will make it easier and cheaper to check in on arrivals across the country who are looking forward to good earnings breaks for the first half of October,” he said.

Half-term in most schools in England and Wales ends on the weekend of October 30 and 31, but some will return a week earlier.

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