PCR testing are not required for return to the UK after a trip to Spain; ‘almost any test will suffice.’
SPAIN is still on the travel warning list, but rising Covid rates across the country prompted the government to establish new testing guidelines. Travel experts, on the other hand, have blasted this for causing confusion and adding to visitors’ “cost.”
Last week, holidaymakers returning to the UK from Spain were urged to get a PCR test before leaving. According to travel expert Simon Calder, this has generated widespread misunderstanding among vacationers, who have hurried to obtain testing that they did not require.
“Arrivals from Spain and all its islands are urged to utilize a PCR test as their pre-departure test whenever possible, as a precaution against the rising frequency of the virus and variants in the country,” the Department of Transport said in a statement on Wednesday, August 4.
However, as Mr. Calder reminded out on his Travel Radio show, this is only a suggestion, not a requirement.
“It’s all the result of yet another blunder by the government,” he explained.
“People were concerned about Spain’s infection rate, so someone in the back of the room said, ‘Why don’t we tell everyone to take a PCR test?’
‘We won’t force them to do a PCR test; instead, we’ll give them advice.’
“By the way, nine out of ten Spaniards returning to the UK go to the effort and expense of taking a PCR test rather than the painfully obvious, inexpensive and rapid lateral flow test.”
Mr. Calder claims that “almost any exam will suffice.”
While Britons are unable to utilize NHS lateral flow kits for travel, they can use private lateral flow tests, which are frequently less expensive than PCR tests.
They also provide results in as little as 30 minutes.
“I believe it will come as a surprise to a lot of people who are conducting these tests, which I can’t believe,” the travel expert stated.
“I personally wouldn’t conduct [a PCR test].”
“You order a lateral flow test, perform it, and submit a photograph of the results to a laboratory, which says, ‘Congratulations, we confirm this fulfills the Government specification.’
Before going on vacation, Britons can pre-book and buy lateral flow tests, which they can then take with them and use before flying home.
Mr. Calder further mentioned that PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”