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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 173178, tabled on 22 March 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish an impact assessment on the cost of home test kits for covid-19 required when travelling into the UK.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

12 April 2021

A formal impact assessment has not been produced for the regulations that require day two and day eight testing. NHS Test and Trace tests are free for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who are clinically advised to take a test. Only essential travel should be being undertaken during the pandemic to protect the public. All international arrivals need to buy the travel testing package through the testing booking portal or through hotel quarantine before they travel to the United Kingdom. For all arrivals quarantining at home the testing package is £210 from NHS Test and Trace. However, we recently introduced private sector testing of travellers in home quarantine partly to safeguard National Health Service capacity and to offer a wider choice for international arrivals who need to purchase private tests. The prices and service offered by these approved providers vary.

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