As the traffic light system is shelved in favour of more simple travel rules for vaccinated travellers, travel is set to get a lot cheaper. The testing requirements to re-enter the UK are changing to allow a lateral flow test rather than a PCR. But you can’t use free NHS tests, so what are the cheapest lateral flow tests available?
Once the travel lists are scrapped, and the new simplified system comes into effect on October 4, you will soon be able to travel using just a lateral flow test to return to the UK.
Grant Shapps, Secretary for Transport, tweeted the update saying: “TRAVEL UPDATE: we’re making testing easier for travel From Mon 4 Oct, if you’re fully vax you won’t need a pre-departure test before arrival into England from a non-red country and from later in Oct, will be able to replace the day 2 PCR test with a cheaper lateral flow.”
You cannot use NHS lateral flow tests to travel or to return to the UK, but there are providers offering cheap lateral flow tests for travellers.
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