A large part of the UK population is still unclear about the testing requirements and complex rules related to overseas travel, according to a recent research.
Almost 90 per cent of Brits do not understand the costs and the rules involved in travelling abroad, a research by John Bell & Croyden has revealed.
However, most people feel comfortable with going abroad this summer.
“Our research shows that, amongst a baffling array of Covid testing rules and regulations ahead of travel, many potential travellers are still completely lost. Making testing plans before travel remains a moving target,” Reshma Malde, superintendent pharmacist at John Bell & Croyden, said.
“Not only are countries and regions continually updating their regulations, but countries may move from green to amber rapidly too,” she said.
As per the government’s new traffic light system, countries are categorised as green, amber or red — with different rules and requirements for Covid tests and quarantine.
There is no quarantine requirement for the UK nationals after visiting the green list countries, but, the government advises not to travel to red or amber list destinations, which comprises most of the countries.
Moreover, the list of options and places for obtaining Covid test ranges from holiday companies to airlines, airports and chemists. This makes the process more confusing for travelers, Malde added.
Unlike PCR Tests and Lateral Flow Tests available through NHS, the latest governmental guidance for overseas travelers, makes it mandatory to arrange a private test.
The UK government also announced that people who have received both the doses can demonstrate their vaccination status using the NHS app when travelling abroad.
However, the move does not resolve the issue, as many countries still require proof of negative Coronavirus test results before crossing their borders.
According to the research, 15 per cent of 18–24-year-olds would prefer to get a complete PCR test ahead of travel, even if the country does not require it. This is compared to just 7 per cent of 45–54-year-olds.
In response to Covid-19, John Bell & Croyden has launched a same day and next day coronavirus testing service.
The service is also available as a private pre-flight test for passengers.
Established in 1798, John Bell & Croyden is one of the oldest pharmacists in the UK. It has been serving to the Queen since 1958.