Testing for the coronavirus is now a vital part of international travel, but with travel restrictions and testing requirements seemingly forever changing, it is important to know the correct way to take a lateral flow test, as well as know why it is important for travellers to get follow the vital steps.
To protect people from Covid-19 but also allow for businesses and events that cannot adequately social distance, several measures were put in place to protect people’s health.
Officially published statistics suggest that 1.7 per cent of the population of the UK is suffering from lingering symptoms of Covid-19 after both a rapid test kit and a PCR test gave a positive result.
International travellers will be able to take lateral flow tests with a rapid antigen test kit when returning to England from October 24th, rather than the more expensive PCR tests.
As of Sunday 24 October, lateral flow tests will replace day two PCR tests for travellers arriving in England, meaning that families returning home from half-term holidays will be able to save money by taking cheaper lateral flow tests on or before day two of arrival.
The government has announced a revised international travel system in time for half term, with new rules for Covid-19 testing. From the 4 October, the current traffic light system of countries will be replaced by a single red list, and travellers who have been fully vaccinated will no longer be required to take pre-departure tests.
Fully vaccinated people will only need to take one Covid-19 test when travelling to England under new streamlined rules for travel published by the government.
The three-tier traffic light system that determines travel freedoms between the UK and the rest of the world during the pandemic could be scrapped in October in favour of two travel lists in a bid to simplify the rules, according to reports, but travel industry bosses have warned it could backfire.
COVID-19 travel restrictions to the US are to be lifted, allowing fully vaccinated passengers from the UK and most EU countries to travel into the country from early November, according to an announcement from the White House.
There has been a lot of conflicting data on the accuracy and efficacy of rapid COVID-19 tests, but a Harvard epidemiologist has said that rapid tests are far more accurate than is generally considered.