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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 18069, tabled on 14 June 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will investigate reports that only Randox covid-19 PCR were accepted for those re-entering the UK during November 2021.

Answered on

23 June 2022

We have no plans to do so. In November 2021, lateral flow device (LFD) tests were accepted for arrivals from all non-‘red list’ countries, with approximately 50 LFD test providers available via GOV.UK.

From 27 November 2021, we announced all arrivals from non-red list countries were required to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test up to day two after arrival and self-isolate until a negative test result is confirmed. As of this date, there were more than 400 PCR test providers available, including Randox, supplying tests accepted on arrival in the United Kingdom.