TRAVEL rules will change tomorrow as the UK relaxes Covid restrictions.
Travelers who previously had to take a PCR test two days after arriving in the UK will now be able to use cheaper lateral flow instead.
What changes are coming into effect?
As of yesterday, Britons have been able to return to the UK without taking a Covid test entry, provided they have been vaccinated.
Quarantine rules – requiring arrivals to be isolated until they receive the results of the second day’s test – has also been removed.
And from tomorrow, Monday’s exam rules will change – and families will be able to save hundreds.
From 4am on Sunday, Britons will be able to do a lateral flow test instead of a PCR test, for much less.
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While NHS side-flow tests cannot be used for travel, they cost around £22 from private health firms – while PCR is at least £60 higher.
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.
“If you are eligible to be fully vaccinated for travel to the UK and you are arriving in the UK after 4am, Sunday 9 January, you may choose to have a lateral flow test instead of a PCR test after you come to England.”
However, while travelers do not need to be quarantined pending results, they will have to take a PCR test if the results are positive.
The website continues: “If you do a lateral flow test and it comes back positive, you will need to self-isolate and do a free PCR test.”
What can I do to get the best Covid holiday protection?
1. Buy travel insurance
Buying travel insurance before you hit the road is important to ensure you don’t run out of pocket if things go south.
Without the right policy, you could end up with thousands of pounds worth of emergency expenses.
So make sure your police include an “interruption cover” to help offset costs caused when the unexpected happens.
2. Check if your cover includes spots banned by the UK government
Only some insurance providers offer this.
Which consumer protection group? suggests that Barclays, Churchill, Direct Line, HSBC and Nationwide have the best Covid covers.
These providers will pay if you are forced to cancel your trip due to changes in State Department advice.
They will also protect you if the lockdown goes into effect or if you test positive for Covid-19.
3. Bring your insurance policy details with you
If something goes wrong, you need to know your policy number and your insurance company’s emergency assistance number for help.
If traveling longer than a short stay, check the maximum allowed length of your policy.
Vaccination is the best way to protect against the virus.
It’s also the best way to get good coverage as some insurers may choose not to pay claims if you haven’t been immunized – except for those who are medically exempt.
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