Grant Shapps announced on Twitter this evening – because that’s where you make important Government announcements – that PCR tests will be scrapped for people returning to England from 24th October.
This will only apply to people who are ‘fully vaccinated’ against coronavirus under the Government definition, covering speficic vaccines and specific countries of vaccination.
The exact wording of the tweet is:
“Mandatory PCR tests will be gone in time for October half-term! for vaccinated adults and families seeking some winter sun abroad. From 24 Oct take a cheaper lateral flow test on return, to make travelling easier and simpler for everyone”
The tweet doesn’t answer any key questions:
- what sort of lateral flow tests will be accepted?
- will they still need to be pre-ordered before you fly in order for a reference code to be added to your Passenger Locator Form?
- what happens with children?
- will they need to be taken in the presence of a medical professional?
- if not, how will results be submitted?
…. but I’m sure more details will emerge on Friday.
The key thing for now is that you shouldn’t pre-order an expensive PCR ‘Day 2’ test if you are going away for half term, because it won’t be needed.