UK cuts Covid-19 tests’ cost for global travellers, including from India – News Vibe24

    UK cuts Covid-19 tests' cost for global travellers, including from India - Times of India
    LONDON: The United Kingdom on Saturday cut the cost of Covid-19 tests for international travelers from Amber list countries such as India from λί 88 to λί 68 (US $ 122 to US $ 94), after several performances for high charges. of mandatory tests.
    Passengers returning from Green List countries or Amber List destinations such as India, if fully vaccinated, will now pay λί 20 ($ 27) less per polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.
    The test must take place on or before the second day after the traveler arrives in England.
    People who did not have both doses of the coronavirus vaccine and were returning from Amber list countries such as India will also find that the cost of the two tests needed is reduced from 170 170 to 6 136 (US $ 235 to US $ 188). USA). The exams must take place two and eight days after their arrival from abroad.
    The price reduction does not affect arrivals from Red List countries or if they buy a test from a private provider, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (DHSC) said.
    The National Health Service (NHS) Test and Trace provides Covid-19 tests for international travel, but unlike standard LFT or PCR tests for people with symptoms, they are paid.
    UK Health Minister Sajid Javid has announced a “rapid internal review” of prices charged by government-approved companies, following allegations that holidaymakers are taking advantage of private trials.
    “I have instructed my department to urgently review the list of private providers on gov.uk to ensure that prices are clearer and more transparent,” the minister said on Saturday.
    “Any provider finds that misleading the public will take off. Too many providers act like cowboys and this must stop. The public must be able to enjoy their summer vacation without having to deal with excessive costs or stress,” he said.
    Javid also commissioned a broader review from the UK Competition and Procurement Authority (CMA) to address test price discrepancies.
    Since last weekend, India has been relocated from the Red List travel ban in Amber, which means travelers coming to the UK can be isolated at their designated address on a mandatory passenger tracking form instead of just a government-ordered hotel. at extra cost.

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