Scrapping PCR tests for travellers makes it harder to track new variants, experts warn

Scientists say easing testing rules for fully-vaccinated passengers will also weaken the UK’s defences against more dangerous mutations, writes Peter Stubley

Sunday 19 September 2021 01:00
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<p>International travellers will be able to take cheaper lateral flow tests after arrival in England from 4 October</p>

International travellers will be able to take cheaper lateral flow tests after arrival in England from 4 October

The government's decision to drop PCR tests for fully-vaccinated travellers will put the UK at higher risk from new variants, experts have warned.

Under new rules coming in on 4 October, people with both jabs will no longer need to take a test before returning to England from non-red list destinations. And from the end of next month they will be able to replace the Day 2 PCR test with a cheaper lateral flow test.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps claimed the simplified travel rules would provide a boost for the travel industry and allow more people to see their loved ones or conduct business around the world.

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