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Petition Provide free PCR tests for international travel and return to the UK

I would like to ask the much-respected UK government to support the residents of the UK and its guests and provide free PCR tests for those who fly in or out of the UK, ensuring that these tests meet domestic and international standards required.

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The travel industry is going through a rough time with the coronavirus pandemic. It is very important that the UK government does its utmost to support this industry as we are seeing massive cuts in flights, wages and layoffs in the hospitality and airline business. The high cost of tests, as well as their difficulty in obtaining, discourages people from flying. We believe that the price of receiving a PCR tests in the UK, which can be over £100, is excessive, even compared to other countries.

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MPs question the Government on international travel rules

On Monday 20 September, MPs questioned the Government on international travel, following a statement by the Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps MP on the Government's rules for international travel, including Covid-19 testing requirements.

Read the Secretary of State's statement, and question from MPs: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2021-09-20/debates/42EC0566-BBD2-4620-8E7E-3F2C95E7CB5A/InternationalTravel

In his statement the Minister confirmed that the Government was removing the requirement for fully vaccinated passengers to take a pre-departure test if not travelling from a red list country, and later in October, would be moving away from day 2 PCR testing to a new system of lateral flow tests for fully vaccinated passengers.

Find out more about the changes to international travel rules: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-system-for-international-travel

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Ministerial statements are a way for Ministers to bring an important matter to the attention of the House, often at short notice. After making a statement the Minister responds to questions on its topic from MPs.

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