Scotland’s laws for travel PCR tests have changed, while Wales continues to insist on costly tests.
THERE HAVE BEEN CHANGES IN THE TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVELERS COMING INTO SCOTLAND, AND MORE CHANGES ARE ON THE WAY FOR TRA The most recent information on the new rules can be found below.
The Scottish government has aligned itself with the governments of England and Northern Ireland.
International visitors to Scotland will be able to use private sector Covid testing, they announced on Friday.
People returning or visiting Scotland from green or amber nations will no longer be required to pay for the more expensive NHS PCR tests as a result of the change in international travel restrictions.
People had to order NHS home PCR testing through the UK Government’s booking portal earlier.
International visitors from green and amber countries are not needed to self-isolate, but they must take a PCR test on their second day in the United States.
PCR testing had to come from the NHS till today.
The new rule will take effect this month, although no specific date has been set.
“The measure provides greater choice and freedom for travelers and will promote the tourist and aviation sectors,” Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care Humza Yousaf said.
“We have engaged with the UK Government on a regular basis to learn about the steps being taken to guarantee that test findings are conveyed quickly and accurately to both individuals and contact tracing services.
“The decision is a further validation of the tremendous success of our domestic vaccination rollout, and it carefully weighs the benefit to the travel sector against our obligation to the broader public health.”
“Although long delayed, this is really welcome news for Scottish vacationers who simply want to get away for a much-needed break,” said Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2holidays.
“Until recently, they have been subjected to an unfair and expensive testing regime, especially in comparison to the rest of the UK. Now that the situation has been rebalanced, it is critical that governments across the United Kingdom do more to reduce the cost of testing.”
Meanwhile, Wales is the only part of the UK where a £68 NHS test is still required.
Travelers who do not employ NHS testing are currently subject to a £1,000 fine.
In June, the Welsh government stated that the regulations will not be changed.
Wales, being the only county with the NHS test ban, may have no choice but to give in and follow the rest of the UK.
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