Government to end PCR tests this month

The UK government could be scrapping PCR tests in time for half-term.

According to reports, travellers will no longer have to pay up to £75 for a PCR test and will instead pay an average of £25 for a lateral flow test.

There has been no official date for the new rules, however, it is expected to come in before the school holidays at the end of October.

The news comes as 47 countries have been dropped from the red travel list.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps wrote on Twitter: “I’m also making changes so travellers visiting England have fewer entry requirements, by recognising those with fully-vaccinated status, […] treating them as UK fully vaccinated passengers.”

“The measures announced today mark the next step as we continue to open up travel and provide stability for passengers and industry while remaining on track to keep travel open for good.”