Scrap the compulsory £210 home test kit when arriving in U.K.

Please scrap the compulsory £210 test kit that you must do when returning to the U.K. form abroad. Let people quarantine at home and they can test for free after quarantine if they have symptoms.

68,315 Signatures

Status
Open
Opened
Tuesday 9th March 2021
Last 24 hours signatures
112
Signature Deadline
Thursday 9th September 2021
Estimated Final Signatures: 76,833

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1: passenger flow—so that only the small number of people for whom it is absolutely essential to travel are - Speech Link
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2. Covid-19
11/02/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: Hospitalisations are falling, but there are still many more people in hospital than at the April or November peaks - Speech Link
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3: These are huge steps forward for us all, and we must protect this hard-fought-for progress by making - Speech Link

3. Covid-Secure Borders
15/06/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: believes that there must be a clear, simply understood and proper hotel quarantine scheme in operation - Speech Link
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4. International Travel
07/09/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: days’ isolation was introduced for travellers arriving in the UK, with a small number of workers’ exemptions - Speech Link

5. International Travel
09/09/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: days’ isolation was introduced for travellers arriving in the UK, with a small number of workers’ exemptions - Speech Link
2: transmission, whether at home, through the imposition of local lockdowns, or abroad, where a country suddenly - Speech Link
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When you enter the U.K. the current rule is that you have to quarantine and take 2 tests (the test kit) in your place of quarantine. This costs £210. For a family of 4 this would be an extra £840 to pay towards their holiday. I am writing to allow this test to be scrapped and have a rule in place for people to quarantine at home when they arrive and only to take a free test when they come out of quarantine if they have symptoms. This extra money is out of reach and for many will stop holidays.


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Government Response

It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure pursuits unless for legally permitted reasons. Such travellers should factor the costs of their COVID-19 tests into their travel plans.


It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays. Individuals must follow the current COVID-19 rules for where they live in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. In England, you must have a permitted reason to travel aboard and complete a declaration form. These rules are under constant review and subject to change by government.

All passengers arriving to the UK must quarantine for 10 days and take mandatory tests on or before day 2 and on or after day 8. The cost of these tests, including for those quarantining at home, is £210.

NHS Test and Trace tests are free for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who are clinically advised to take a COVID-19 test. Individuals who are legally permitted to travel should factor the cost of tests into the cost of travel, unless they are exempt. This includes paying for COVID-19 tests to ensure the protection of themselves and the public.

The full list of exemptions can be found on GOV.UK at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-travellers-exempt-from-uk-border-rules/coronavirus-covid-19-travellers-exempt-from-uk-border-rules

Private providers that meet the minimum standards may provide these tests to international arrivals travelling from non ‘red list’ countries. A list of private providers who have declared they meet the minimum standards has been published on GOV.UK. The price of the test package will vary depending on the provider.

A list of private providers can be found on GOV.UK at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing

The government does not endorse or recommend any private test provider. Individuals should conduct their own research about available providers and the tests they supply. International arrivals will continue to be able to purchase NHS Test and Trace tests for this purpose.

Department of Health and Social Care


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