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Travel: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL3040, tabled on 12 October 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide a date for when mandatory PCR tests for foreign travel will be stopped.

Answered on

26 October 2021

We keep our travel testing regime under constant review to ensure it provides adequate protection against risks at the border. From 24 October, fully vaccinated passengers and most aged under 18 years old arriving in England from countries not on the ‘red list’ can take a lateral flow test, instead of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, on or before day two of their arrival into the United Kingdom. These tests can be booked from 22 October. A date for when mandatory PCR tests for arrivals from ‘red list’ countries will be stopped is not yet available.