Travellers could face an extra £15 bill to take ‘day two’ Covid tests on Zoom to make sure they do them properly (on top of the £25 the swabs will cost to begin with)

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  • Vaccinated passengers can take lateral flow test on the second day from October 25
  • It is believed that Sajid Javid is planning to take the exam over video call.
  • Grant Shapps is against the move due to the additional cost and bureaucracy

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Holidaymakers could be billed an additional £15 on top of their travel as part of the government’s plan to have them swab ‘day two’ on Zoom as part of Covid tests, it was claimed today.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid is said to have backed the plans because of concerns that those taking tests may lie about the results.

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But travel industry bosses say the move could cost an additional £15 in staffing costs per test and leave travelers jumping through even more bureaucratic hoops.

It is not clear whether the additional cost will fall on fully vaccinated consumers, who under the new rules may have to pay up to £25 for lateral flow testing from the end of October.

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The cheaper test will replace PCR swabs, which are required for all travelers on the second day of their return to the UK from abroad.

Health department officials plan to force those on leave to be tested by a private health professional or in person over video calls.

But the proposals have stirred the cabinet. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is said to be against the plans because of the additional hurdles facing Britain from going abroad.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid is said to plan to do ‘day two’ swabs on Zoom over the holidays because there are concerns that test-takers may lie about the results

Travelers will already have to pay £25 for a lateral flow test from 25 October if they are double-vaccinated under the new rules

Travelers will already have to pay £25 for a lateral flow test from 25 October if they are double-vaccinated under the new rules

Holiday boost as travel rules ease for 32 more countries

Ministers dropped advice against travel to 32 countries ahead of the update of the ‘no-go’ red list last night.

The Foreign Office said it was no longer advising against holiday travel to destinations including Fiji, Malaysia and Bangladesh.

They weren’t on the red list – but the move means it will be easier for travelers to get insurance.

More countries are expected to allow non-essential travel in the coming days.

The government is also expected to significantly reduce the number of countries on the Red List, introducing quarantine-free travel to dozens of hotspots and promoting half-hearted leisure.

The traffic light system was scrapped on Monday and replaced with a red list and a safe ‘rest of the world’ category.

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a source told daily Telegraph: ‘The travel department is not happy with the idea of ​​video testing.

‘They hope it will not be adopted as it is just another unnecessary obstacle to resumption of foreign travel.

‘But it will depend on how much support he gets that day.’

Yesterday’s move to cancel the £75 PCR test in two days was called into question by cabinet sources.

While the government says its ‘target’ is halfway through, Whitehall insiders said ministers were urged to keep the PCR because they feared variants.

The move will come as a major blow to millions of vacationers and the beleaguered travel industry, which will aim to make up for the damage caused by the pandemic during the half term.

“There is a very real possibility that a PCR will have to be taken even after a half-hour break,” the source told The Sun.

Hitting out at Health Secretary Sajid Javid, he said: ‘Those who claim to be great unlockers have been quickly caught by the health authorities.’

But officials from the Department of Transport categorically told MailOnline today that it will replace the day’s two PCR tests with lateral flow by the end of October.

New rules introduced to make travel to the UK “easier and cheaper” went into effect on Monday.

The UK traffic light system with green, amber and red lists was abolished, with places classified as being on the red list or not.

It comes amid reports that the number of countries on the Red List will be reduced from 54 to nine by the end of this week.

Destinations such as Brazil, Mexico and South Africa are expected to be opened to quarantine-free travel.

Fully vaccinated residents from over 50 countries and territories – and unvaccinated under 18 – can now enter the UK without needing to complete a pre-departure lateral flow test.

Now only a day-two test will be required after arrival.

Under-11s were already exempted from pre-departure testing.

Those arriving from Red Tier destinations will still be required to spend 11 nights in a quarantine hotel costing £2,285 for solo travellers.

The Foreign Office said last night that it was no longer advising against holiday travel to 32 destinations, including Fiji, Malaysia and Bangladesh.

They weren’t on the red list – but the move means it will be easier for travelers to get insurance.

More countries are expected to allow non-essential travel in the coming days.

The easing of quarantine and testing rules – announced last month – has been welcomed by the travel sector.

Airlines and tour operators have been hit hard during the pandemic, and have accused the government of being too slow to relax and simplify rules for international travel.

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