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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 10629, tabled on 4 June 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to make covid-19 testing kits for the purpose of international travel affordable.

Answered on

14 June 2021

Since its introduction, costs for travel testing has fallen significantly.

Charging by private providers is based on a market model and the Government has made NHS Test and Trace testing available at the market mid-point to ensure appropriately priced tests are available. A list of providers offering testing bundles for international arrivals, which can be filtered by cost, is available on GOV.UK to find an appropriately priced test. We also offer deferred payment plans and hardship support for people who cannot afford to pay for the cost of managed quarantine and testing.