'It's huge' PCR tests scrapped for travel could save tourists £200

As long as they get back in the UK on or after October 24, they will still be able to access the cheaper tests, although families going on a shorter break will still need to use PCRs.

Tim Alderslade, chief executive of Airlines UK, said: “This is great news and we’re pleased to get it over the line in time for the crucial half term period, which will be a massive relief to families desperate to get away this autumn.”

Grant Shapps had previously said: “Taking away expensive mandatory PCR testing will boost the travel industry and is a major step forward in normalising international travel and encouraging people to book holidays with confidence.”

A list of approved testing providers will be published on the UK Government website on October 22.

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