Families face fees of £1.6k for mandatory Covid tests on holidays to Europe

Covid-19 restrictions that require three negative tests before returning to the UK could set families back by £1,680.

Currently, one of these must be taken before arriving, while the others must be taken on day 2 and day 8 of the mandatory 10-day quarantine.

However, other European countries such as France, Spain and Greece all require certain tests on arrival too, meaning some holidaymakers could face booking up to five tests each to go on holiday.

A trip to France is estimated to set families back by around £420 per person, working out to £1,680 for a family-of-four, according to Which?.

Greece would cost £370 per person – with a free antigen test when in the country.

Spain would cost less at £330 per person as the country accepts LAMP tests which are cheaper.

The cheapest option is Italy, with costs of £310, and a £60 antigen test before arriving, with a free test on arrival.

However, holidays can still not go ahead yet.

The government's Global Travel Taskforce are due to announce a restart date next month.

It isn't clear whether the restrictions currently in place will remain in place when trips abroad can resume.

The earliest date holidays abroad can go ahead will be from May 17 although experts have warned a trip abroad may be off the cards until August, due to the third wave in Europe causing a rise in Covid cases.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock also refused to rule out international travel for the summer.

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He told This Morning: "There may well be [holidays abroad this summer], I wouldn’t rule that out.

"The door is not shut, it’s just too early to say. But what we can say with confidence, is that the unlocking at home is on track."

Several EU countries such as Greece, Spain and Cyprus have backed vaccine passports, along with Portugal, while Turkey will welcome travellers without restrictions or vaccine passports.

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Another way holidays could return for the summer is through a traffic light system, depending on the risk situation in each country.

Arrivals from green countries would require hardly any restrictions for travellers apart from a 15-minute lateral flow test.

Amber nations will likely require negative PCR tests before travel and some form of quarantine, as well as a lateral flow test on arrival.

However, hotel quarantine will continue for all red list nations.

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