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Nice bit of news from the UK

The Department of Health and Social Care now allows visitors to the UK to satisfy their testing requirement with a £22 lateral-flow test, rather than the more expensive (and invasive) PCR test:

Eligible fully vaccinated passengers arriving in England from countries not on the UK’s red list can take a cheaper lateral flow test instead of a PCR from today (24 October 2021).

Lateral flow tests must be taken as soon as possible on the day of arrival in England or at the latest before the end of a passenger’s second day and can now be purchased from the list of private providers on GOV.UK from as little as £22 – significantly cheaper than PCR tests.

Anyone testing positive will need to isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test, at no additional cost to the traveller, which can be genomically sequenced to help identify new variants. PCR tests can be accessed free of charge by ordering in the usual way through NHS Test and Trace – via or by calling 119.  Test providers will be expected to advise people to self-isolate and direct people towards the NHS Test and Trace booking page.

This also means I can pick up a test from a provider and take it back in my hotel room, rather than schedule an hour-long interruption in my day.

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  • David Harper

    10/30/2021 6:56:15 PM +00:00 |

    Not wishing to spoil your good mood, but the COVID situation in the UK is bad enough right now that scientists and medical experts are begging the government to re-introduce mask mandates, social distancing and working from home, because most NHS hospitals are already unable to cope.  Emergency ambulances are waiting for many hours at A&E simply to transfer their patients to a bed inside the hospital.  At my local hospital, Addenbrooke's in Cambridge, a woman died last week in an ambulance that had been waiting outside A&E for over an hour.  And Addenbrooke's is a major regional hospital.  The NHS is at breaking point, and the government seems unwilling to do anything to help.  It's really not a good time to be planning a visit, if for no other reason than that the government may be forced to return to some kind of lockdown soon.

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