An important change to travel rules will take effect tomorrow, which is great news for families looking to fly away.
As of yesterday, travelers returning to the UK will no longer need a Covid test as long as they have proof of vaccination.
However, more changes will come into force tomorrow so the British no longer have to pay tons for a Covid test.
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Starting at 4 a.m. tomorrow, Brits can do a lateral flow test instead of a PCR test, the former being much cheaper.
While the NHS lateral flow tests cannot be used for travel purposes, they cost around £ 22 from private medical companies – while PCRs cost at least £ 60 more.
The government website states, “If you qualify to be fully vaccinated to travel to England and you arrive after 4am on Sunday the 9th.
“If you qualify for a trip to England as fully vaccinated and arrive in England after 4am on Sunday 9th January, when you arrive in England you can have a lateral flow test instead of a PCR test.”
While travelers don’t have to isolate themselves while waiting for their result, they do need to take a PCR test if it comes back positive.
The website continues, “If you take a lateral flow test and test positive, you need to self-isolate and do a free PCR test.”
The free PCR tests can be used through the NHS.
These new rules do not apply to those who have not been vaccinated.
This is also different from the other rules that went into effect in the UK on January 11th which no longer require a PCR test for anyone who tests positive with a lateral flow in the UK.
Instead, people in England can self-isolate for a week as long as they are negative on days six and seven.
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