United Kingdom has reduced the cost of COVID-19 tests for international travellers from countries on its Amber list, including India which moved from its red list on August 8.
With this, the international travellers from India will have to pay 68 pounds ($94). Prior to August 8, international travellers from India had to pay 88 pounds per test.
The country also made the changes for passengers from Green list countries or Amber list destinations like India. If they are fully vaccinated, they only need to pay 20 pounds ($27) less per Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. As per the norms, the test must be taken on or before day two after the traveller arrives in England, reported Economic Times.
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For passengers arriving from Amber list countries who are not fully vaccinated, they will have to pay for two tests at a cost of 136 pounds ($188), which was earlier 170 pounds ($235).
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said that the price reduction does not affect arrivals from Red list countries, or if they purchase a test from a private provider.
The two set of tests are National Health Service (NHS) Test and Trace provide COVID-19 tests for international travel. These are unlike normal lateral flow tests (LFT) or PCR ones for people with symptoms.
“I've ordered my department to urgently review the list of private providers on gov.uk to ensure pricing is clearer and transparent," UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said on August 14.
"Any provider found to be misleading the public will be kicked off. Too many providers are acting like cowboys and that needs to stop. The public should be allowed to enjoy their summer holidays without having to face excessive costs or anxiety,” he added.
Javid has also announced a "rapid internal review" of prices charged by government-approved companies following the claims holidaymakers are being exploited over private testing. Among other issues, to address discrepancies in testing prices, Javid also commissioned a wider review by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).