Holidaymakers could be forced to film themselves taking covid lateral movement test after returning to Britain in new proposals to ensure people don’t lie about positive results
- Double vaccinated travelers will soon need a lateral flow swab on return
- This replaces the current government requirement that they do a PCR test
- Health Minister would be concerned that those taking tests could be lying about the results
- He Reportedly Suggests Lateral Flow Tests On Video Calls With Health Advisor
Sajid Javid wants holidaymakers to film themselves taking a coronavirus test after returning to the UK, it was reported last night.
The government plans to replace the requirement for double-vaccinated travelers to take a PCR test on their return to Britain with a much cheaper lateral flow swab.
But the health minister is said to be concerned that those taking the tests could be lying about the results.
He suggests travelers do their lateral flow test via video calls overseen by a health consultant from a private company, The Times reported.
This is similar to the way some pre-departure tests were run that were scrapped last weekend.
Health Minister Sajid Javid at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester yesterday
No date has been set for the change, but there is speculation among travel industry leaders that it will be around October 25, the start of the holiday for many families.
New rules came into force on Monday to make travel to the UK ‘easier and cheaper’.
The UK traffic light system with green, orange and red lists was abolished, with locations categorized as either on the red list or not.
It comes amid reports that the number of countries on the red list will be reduced from 54 to nine later this week.
Destinations such as Brazil, Mexico and South Africa are expected to be opened to quarantine-free travel.
Fully vaccinated residents – and unvaccinated under 18s – from over 50 countries and territories can now enter the UK without having to complete a lateral flow test before departure.
Only a single test on day two after arrival is now required. Under 11s were already exempt from pre-departure testing.
A person holds a negative lateral flow Covid-19 test for a UK passport (file photo)
People arriving from a red destination will still have to spend 11 nights in a quarantine hotel which costs £2,285 for solo travellers.
The easing of quarantine and testing regulations – announced last month – has been welcomed by the travel industry.
Airlines and tour operators have been hit hard during the pandemic and have accused the government of being too slow in easing and simplifying the rules for international travel.
Britain’s current red list of 54 countries and territories
The British government’s ‘red list’ of 54 countries is expected to be reduced to just nine. These are the countries currently on the red list:
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Trinidad and Tobago