British families will save hundreds of pounds on the cost of an overseas holiday after ministers skipped costly Covid tests.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will announce this evening that Jabbed Granthshala seekers will no longer have to take PCR swabs when they return to the UK.
Instead they will be able to use a much cheaper lateral flow kit on their second day in the country.
Gold standard PCR tests cost an average of less than £100 in the UK, one of the most expensive in the world.
This means a family of four returning from a Green List destination still has to pay around £400 upon arrival.
Apart from this, passengers will also have to pay for pre-departure PCR or lateral flow swabs before boarding the flight from their halls home.
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Both requirements will now be abolished and replaced with a cheap and quick rapid antigen test at home.
But holidaymakers still face a bill as 2 swabs will have to be monitored and free NHS kits will not be accepted.
Brits will need to book lateral flow kits from government-approved providers at an average cost of around £30.
They can be taken either at a testing center or at home via Zoom under the supervision of an expert to ensure that they are done properly.
Ministers are set to ditch complex traffic light systems in favor of a simple go/no-go list tonight to restart international travel.
Mr Shapps unveiled new plans that will open up the world to double-jaweds with minimal restrictions for the first time since last June.
The red list that bans international travel to 62 countries will be halved when all new measures start past the half-term hole.
Popular holiday destinations such as Turkey, Egypt and the Maldives will be declared COVID safe and will hit straight into the green.
The middle of the country, the Amber category, which caused the most confusion for travelers, has been completely shelved to the relief of tourism heads.
But while travel is being opened up to double-pocket, those who have refused the vaccine will face more restrictions.
They will have to be quarantined for 10 days after each foreign trip, with pre-departure tests on the second and eighth days of their return as well as two more tests.
There was a jump in bookings today as travel companies scrambled to lay off more flights in anticipation of the big unlocking.
Budget airline stocks EasyJet and Wizz Air went through the roof and topped the FTSE 250.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said the government had heard travel companies’ concerns about “unnecessary” testing requirements.