Holiday Covid tests could be SCRAPPED for vaxxed Brits by next month – saving families hundreds

VAXXED Brits could soon be able to skip the pricey Covid tests when returning from holiday next month.

It comes just days after it was revealed the traffic light scheme could also be scrapped from next month – ridding of the green and amber lists.

Currently, even vaccinated Brits must pay for at least two Covid tests when returning from a holiday abroad, which includes an antigen and PCR test.

With them costing hundreds per person, many families have been faced with pricey holiday extras.

However, Brits who have received both jabs – approximately 80 per cent of the UK adult population -could soon be able to avoid taking any Covid tests at all.

According to the Times, the Department for Transport is to review the travel restrictions on October 1, with hopes that some of the rules could be scrapped in time for the half-term and Christmas holidays.

Not only will it save families hundreds of pounds, but will also remove the added stress, with many PCR results failing to arrive in time.

Brit Simon Winship, who went to Santorini with his family earlier this year, paid £140 for his day two Covid test, only for it not to arrive for another 11 days.

He told the i, after spending £500 in total for his family's tests: "It’s been extremely stressful and a waste of time."

Many countries also don't require PCR tests on arrival if fully vaccinated, including France and Germany, so families face a potential test-free holiday.

Tour operator On The Beach are the first to offer free Covid tests for travellers, covering the costs themselves for Brits heading to Greece, Spain or Cyprus.

If the traffic light scheme is scrapped, the red list, which bans all travel, will still be in place, as will the mandatory hotel quarantine.

According to the Telegraph, officials are developing a new system based on the vaccination status of travellers rather than the Covid situation in other countries.

 A source told the Telegraph: “It’s about whether you are vaccinated or not, rather than the country you are travelling to.

“What it means is that green and amber disappear and only vaccination status will count for where you travel. For a vaccinated person, just as now all countries apart from red are ‘green’."

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