PCR tests scrapped for travel: What are the new test rules and are you eligible?

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What are the new rules for travel from October 24?

From October 24, travellers arriving in the UK from any country not on the red list will be able to take a lateral flow test on day two of their arrival instead of a PCR test.

These lateral flow tests must be booked using a private provider, specified on the Government’s approved list.

NHS provided tests must not be utilised to facilitate travel, according to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

Tests must be pre-booked and the reference code included on a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) for each arrival into the country.

A statement from the Department of Transport reads: “From 4am on October 24, arrivals into England who are considered fully vaccinated, along with most under 18s, who have not been in a red list country in the last 10 days will be able to take a lateral flow test on or before day two of their arrival, instead of a PCR test.”

The aim of this change is to “cut the costs of tests in time for travellers returning from half-term breaks” according to the Government.

This latest change comes hot on the heels of the removal of pre-departure lateral flow tests for fully vaccinated people hoping to enter the UK.

The Government also recently axed the green and amber lists, merging them into one straight-forward non-red list.

Arrivals from red list countries remain subject to testing and hotel quarantine.

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