Jet2, Ryanair and TUI Updates: Cheapest Place to Get PCR Test for Traveling Abroad
Many of us have started watching summer vacation since the ban on international travel was lifted last week.
The list of countries that allow non-quarantine travel in both directions is still very slim, but it is hoped that it will grow over the summer.
However, one thing that can make vacations out of reach for families and larger groups is the cost of additional testing.
No matter which destination you fly to, you will need to pay for at least two tests in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus from overseas.
This means that each passenger will have an additional bill to consider before booking a flight.
At this point, this applies to everyone, whether they are fully vaccinated or not.
The Green List will be updated again on June 7, with a system-wide review scheduled for June 28, which could lead to a rule change.
What tests should I book before traveling?
The type of testing you need will depend on the requirements of your destination.
All travelers will need a PCR test. While some countries, including Poland and Romania, allow UK nationals to enter without any testing, this is mandatory before traveling from the UK.
Some destinations will have specific requirements when it comes to certain types of testing, so it’s worth confirming before booking anything.
Everyone will also need a test after arriving in the UK, even if they are from a Green List country.
People arriving from the Amber List will require testing on Days 2 and 8, while travel from Red List countries requires a stay in quarantine at the hotel where the tests will be distributed.
Upon their return, individuals will be required to take a test within three days of a flight back to the UK.
This will have to show a negative test on arrival, and people must also complete a passenger locator form.
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Where are the cheapest tests available?
TUI is offering Â£ 20 tests to passengers on their package holidays this summer.
With partner Chronomics, packages start at Â£ 20 for a green package – although this does not include a ‘fit to fly’ test which will be required before leaving the country in most cases.
The Green + package includes all required tests and costs Â£ 60.
For Orange List countries there is the Amber back to school base package for Â£ 50 and Amber + which includes all required tests.
These can be booked through a hub on the TUI website for customers once they have booked their vacation.
Boots is one of the main street retailers offering testing services.
On their website, they have a range of options for passengers on the green and orange lists.
Their in-store PCR testing service includes a nose and throat swab and costs Â£ 99, up from Â£ 120.
A home PCR test kit, which is suitable for Fit to Fly but should only be used for asymptomatic testing, costs Â£ 65. This will require returning a sample to the lab to await results and is not suitable for testing on Days 2 and 8.
Boots’ Day 2 and 8 test service also includes a home kit and costs Â£ 160.
Testing is also available through Screen4 and Randox, with discounts available for TUI customers.
Jet2 also offers discounted testing starting at Â£ 75.
To claim a discounted test, you will need to visit the “Manage my booking” section, which may allow you to book the required tests.
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EasyJet has partnered with Randox to offer half-price home tests, which are then sent to accredited labs.
These cost Â£ 60 with the discount code easyJet201.
This includes a test, so you will need to determine the number required based on your destination.
Ryanair is also in partnership with Randox and offers green and amber travel packs.
These include all required testing and the packs start at Â£ 120 (up from Â£ 240) using a coupon code.
More information can be found at Ryanair website.
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