Covid-19 UK Travel pre-departure tests scrapped & day 2 PCR swapped for lateral flow.

BRITS have been given a holiday boost as the government confirmed that pre-departure tests will be scrapped - and day two tests can be swapped for cheaper lateral flow tests.

Holidaymakers will no longer need to take Covid tests before they return to the UK, which risked travellers being stranded abroad if they tested positive.

Day two test rules will also change, with Brits no longer forced to pay for expensive PCR tests, and can instead have a cheaper lateral flow.

This means families could save hundreds of pounds on their holidays, with the £22 pre-departure scrapped saving £88 for a family of four.

And lateral flow tests cost around £60 less than PCR tests - saving £240 per family.

Brits who are fully vaccinated also won't have to isolate on their return - currently they have to wait for the results of their day two test.

The new rules will be in place from 4am on Friday.

Boris Johnson confirmed: "When the Omicron variant was first identified, we rightly introduced travel restrictions to slow its arrival in our country. But now that Omicron is so prevalent, it has a limited impact on the growth in cases while continuing to pose significant costs to our travel.

"So I can announce in England from 4am on Friday, we will be scrapping the pre-departure test which discourages many from travelling for fear of being trapped overseas incurring significant extra expense."

Brits will still need to take a PCR test if their day two lateral flow comes back positive.

The Covid test rules were reintroduced late last year due to fears over the Omicron variant, but have been scrapped due to the new strain now being prevalent across the UK.

Travel bosses will be happy with the move towards restriction-free travel, with many previously calling for them to be scrapped to help the industry.

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