Travel UK news live: Covid lateral flow tests go on sale ahead of PCR switch, with prices from £1

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Lateral circulation checks, also called antigen checks, have turn out to be out there to pre-order forward of the swap from PCR checks for vaccinated travellers, permitted from Sunday.

The change was introduced by the UK authorities on 14 October, and deliberate to occur in time for households coming back from half-term holidays within the subsequent two weeks.

The federal government web site lists suppliers with costs beginning as little as £1. However analysis by The Impartial exhibits the most affordable checks are accompanied by onerous phrases and situations. In all circumstances when clicking by, travellers are offered initially with far more costly choices.

In different information, Australia has confirmed a number of steps in the direction of its reopening to worldwide journey – most importantly, the state of Victoria has introduced that it’ll scrap quarantine for vaccinated worldwide arrivals from 1 November.

The nation is planning to open solely to Singapore in a “journey bubble” association initially, then to additional nations in Asia and Australasia earlier than Christmas.

Observe the most recent journey information under:


It’s opening up – however is the world prepared for us?

As a few of the UK’s nice journey corporations have informed me through the Covid disaster, it’s harder to take aside a vacation than to place one collectively. Particularly, firms providing multinational itineraries face a number of issues.

“The world isn’t prepared for us but,” says Charlie Hopkinson of Dragoman – an overland journey agency with a superb popularity. Trying to take a truckload of individuals from a dozen nations, every with a special vaccination standing, throughout a sequence of worldwide frontiers is fraught with hazard.

He has shrewdly determined to place the agency into momentary hibernation. Within the coming months Charlie’s staff will set about rescuing the overland vehicles scattered far and broad throughout South America, Africa and Asia. As worldwide obstacles began to clatter shut, these specialist autos needed to be deserted whereas tour leaders hurried their passengers to the closest airport.

Lucy Thackray22 October 2021 14:18


Scotland’s bike-friendly trains are ripe for journey

As UK journey stays admin-free and interesting, and plenty of looker for greener modes of transport, Scotland’s new bike-friendly trains are inspiring adventurous journey nearer to dwelling, writes Robin McKelvie.

Mercifully, the nightmares of prepare journey with a motorcycle are up to now on the Glasgow-Oban line, due to the inexperienced shoots of Britain’s first devoted cycle carriages; a brand new sustainable artery into Argyll’s mountain and ocean-sparkled community of biking trails.

Actual thought – and design (the putting exterior is the work of Scottish artist Peter McDermott) – has gone into the ‘Highland Explorer’ carriages, with a large passageway both aspect of racks holding as much as 20 cycles. There are 24 seats too – for a small complement you get a path map desk, snack field and scorching drink, although you keep away from the complement sitting elsewhere.

Lucy Thackray22 October 2021 13:40


How does the brand new lateral circulation checks system work?

From Sunday, vaccinated travellers into the UK (and a few unvaccinated beneath 18s) can ebook a less expensive lateral circulation or antigen check round journey, fairly than the extra pricey PCRs.

Privately manufactured lateral circulation check kits are actually out there to ebook, with the UK authorities publishing an authorized record on the web site.

When it comes to journey out of the UK, a number of nations additionally enable an antigen check consequence as a part of their entry necessities, so the newly-vetted non-public lateral circulation checks is also used for this operate.

Nevertheless, this varies from vacation spot to vacation spot, so please test particular person journey recommendation for every journey to make sure an antigen check is acceptable.

However how does the brand new journey testing system work, and what does this imply for unvaccinated passengers?

Right here’s every part we all know:

Lucy Thackray22 October 2021 12:45


Ask Simon Calder your journey questions earlier than 1pm

Involved about what Morocco’s ban on the UK means for different vacation locations? Need a steer on what could likelihood in subsequent week’s journey replace?

The Impartial’s journey skilled Simon Calder shall be readily available to reply your journey questions at 1pm at this time.

Whether or not it’s recommendation on journeys booked or within the works for this autumn and winter, long-range predictions for the journey trade or one thing solely totally different, Simon will do his greatest to reply as lots of you queries as he can between 1 and 2pm.

Submit your questions within the feedback part of this text:

Lucy Thackray22 October 2021 12:20


Antigen checks from as little as £1 – however what’s the catch?

Travellers returning to England from overseas are actually in a position to ebook cheaper lateral circulation checks fairly than PCRs. For totally vaccinated worldwide arrivals from Sunday 24 October, the price of the so-called “day two” check for travellers is about to fall.

Asserting the change, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, stated: “Taking away costly necessary PCR testing will increase the journey trade and is a serious step ahead in normalising worldwide journey and inspiring individuals to ebook holidays with confidence.”

The federal government web site lists suppliers with costs beginning as little as £1. However analysis by The Impartial exhibits the most affordable checks are accompanied by onerous phrases and situations. In all circumstances when clicking by, travellers are offered initially with far more costly choices.

Simon Calder22 October 2021 12:01


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Lucy Thackray22 October 2021 11:58

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