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Travel: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 72364, tabled on 9 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason passengers entering the UK from overseas cannot use an NHS issued covid-19 lateral flow test.

Answered on

19 November 2021

Free National Health Service tests cannot be used for travel in order to preserve existing lateral flow device testing supplies to protect public health. Since requirements were introduced for international travel testing, the costs have fallen significantly and we are committed to working with the travel industry and private providers to reduce the cost of travel testing further.