Fury at 'expensive and unnecessary' travel testing demands 

Fury at 'expensive and unnecessary' travel testing demands 
Fury at 'expensive and unnecessary' travel testing demands 
Fury at 'expensive and unnecessary' travel testing demands as ministers urge Brits to take expensive PCR Covid tests when returning from Spain even though they are NOT mandatory Ministers are advising travellers coming back from Spain to take a PCR test The Government said PCR tests are more 'helpful' than cheaper lateral flow That's because they can be used to identify the emergence of Covid variants  Aviation chiefs believe PCR are 'expensive and unnecessary', want them axed

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Aviation bosses have demanded the Government take action on the cost of travel testing amid fears many families are being priced out of a trip abroad. 

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The Government has made a raft of changes to its traffic light scheme, extending the green list, reopening quarantine-free holidays to France and keeping trips to Spain on the table after it was spared being moved to the 'red list'. 

Testing remains a key component of the system, with pre-departure tests required for travel from red, amber and green nations. 

Ministers have now stressed that all travellers returning from Spain should take a PCR test because they are more accurate than cheaper lateral flow checks and can help officials keep track of coronavirus variants. 

However, travel chiefs believe the PCR tests - which can cost up to £175 per person - are 'expensive and unnecessary'.   

They want the PCR tests to only be required for travel from the most high-risk nations and for lateral flow tests to be made acceptable in all other circumstances.  

Ministers have now stressed that all travellers returning from Spain (Amadores beach in Gran Canaria is pictured on August 3) should take a PCR test because they are more accurate than cheaper lateral flow checks

Ministers have now stressed that all travellers returning from Spain (Amadores beach in Gran Canaria is pictured on August 3) should take a PCR test because they are more accurate than cheaper lateral flow checks

But travel chiefs believe the PCR tests - which can cost up to £175 per person - are 'expensive and unnecessary'

But travel chiefs believe the PCR tests - which can cost up to £175 per person - are 'expensive and unnecessary'

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Willie Walsh, director general of the International Air Travel Association, told BBC Radio 4's World At One programme: 'I think a

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