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England eases COVID-19 testing rules for most incoming passengers from Oct. 24

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LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Fully vaccinated passengers arriving in England from low-risk nations from Oct. 24 will now not need to take costly COVID-19 exams, the British authorities stated on Thursday.

Last month the federal government simplified the rules for worldwide journey to England in a lift to the tourism business, which has blamed the testing and complex rules for the slowness of a restoration in air journey over the summer time. learn extra

The authorities stated that from Oct. 24, the beginning of faculty half-term holidays throughout a lot of England, absolutely vaccinated passengers and most underneath 18s arriving from nations not on the crimson listing may take a lateral stream take a look at on or earlier than day two of their arrival, quite than a PCR lab take a look at.

(*24*) stream exams are cheaper and supply a sooner outcome.

“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,” Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps stated in an announcement.

The authorities stated passengers should use lateral stream exams bought from a personal supplier listed on the federal government’s web site, quite than free ones obtainable as a part of the federal government Test and Trace scheme, and passengers should add a photograph of their take a look at and reserving reference to confirm the outcome.

Anyone with a constructive lateral stream take a look at can be supplied with a free confirmatory PCR take a look at by the National Health Service.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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