BRITS has rushed to plan holidays with a 400% spike in flight bookings as Covid’s travel rules are relaxed tomorrow.
The change suggests that the mandatory second-day PCR test is eliminated in favor of a cheaper lateral flow test.
From 4am tomorrow, Britons fully vetted will be able to do lateral flow testing instead of expensive PCR when they return to the UK.
The government website states: “If you are eligible to be fully immunized to travel to the UK and you are arriving in the UK after 4am, Sunday 9 January, you can choose to have a flow test party instead of a PCR test after you arrive in the UK.
Right Flow is not the NHS version, with Covid testing company prices starting at £22.
If lateral flow comes back positive, then a PCR test must be performed, but this can be done free of charge through the NHS.
The change comes when tourists can fully return to the UK without having to be tested for Covid before departure since yesterday.
The new holiday regulations aim to give the tourism industry a boost before summer.
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And the announcement has sent bookings skyrocketing as sun-loving Britons rush to plan their holidays.
Jet2 boss Steve Heapy says there’s been a “surge in” bookings after Government announcement earlier this week.
“People are desperate to get out of there, that has been proven over the last few days,” he said.
Meanwhile, EasyJet says it has seen bookings in the UK skyrocket by almost 200% with demand to some destinations increasing by more than 400%.
The airline said that according to its own survey, Britons are planning more holidays in 2022 and will spend more.
A third are planning to spend up to £1,000 or more than usual on their holiday this year.
Chief Commercial Officer Sophie Dekkers said the summer will see the company “return to 2019 capacity and beyond”.
Alistair Rowland, chief executive officer of Blue Bay Travel, said the day after the government announcement was the busiest in terms of web traffic and booking requests in over a year, and the demand matched month’s demand. 1 2020.
He said the situation was “something we couldn’t have imagined a month ago, when these testing rules were in place and consumer confidence plummeted.”
Holiday searches on the British Airways website are up nearly 40% from last week.
Britons should still check entry requirements of countries they are visiting because some are increasing travel rules for Britons.
Cyprus now requires a negative Covid test from all arrivals, even when fully vaccinated, and Hong Kong has banned all UK flights from today
We have rounded Dynamic travel restrictions for popular holiday destinations.
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