Boots launches £65 PCR Covid test for Brit holidaymakers as green list countries revealed

BOOTS have launched £65 PCR Covid tests as Brit holidaymakers prepare for summer breaks abroad.

It comes as the UK’s green list countries have been revealed by Transport Minister Grant Shapps.

Countries have been placed on green, amber or red lists depending on how high or low risk their Covid situation.

However, even "green" countries, which will be able to skip quarantine, will require two tests when returning to the country.

They include Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores) Israel, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Singapore, Brunie.

Now health and beauty retailer Boots has launched the at-home PCR self-test that can be purchased on and delivered to customers’ homes the next day.

The test, which is also available at over 500 Boots stores, is priced at £65.

Boots Advantage Card holders can purchase it using their points or earn points to spend on other items at Boots.

They also offers an In-Store COVID-19 PCR Testing Service (£99), which is now available at over 200 stores in the UK and offers results within 48 hours. 

Its In-store COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing Service (£79.99) provides results on the same day and is offered at over 15 stores.

All three private Boots tests can be used as a private pre-flight testing service, depending on the specific requirements of the destination country and airline, for customers who require a negative COVID-19 certificate before travelling abroad.

Travellers returning from medium risk "amber" countries will have to take a pre-departure test, then self isolate at home for ten days.

They will also have to take a PCR test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine, but could also take a private test on day 5 in order to leave self-isolation.

Travellers returning from high risk "red" countries will have to take a test before entering the UK and then pay £1,750 to quarantine in a hotel for 11 days.

They will then have to pay for two further Covid tests on day 2 and day 8 of isolation.

Asif Aziz, Director of Healthcare Services at Boots UK, said: “Now that holidaymakers can start planning a summer holiday abroad, we look forward to helping them stay safe when travelling. 

“With a negative COVID-19 test result becoming the norm for international travel, we have increased our testing services to make them even more accessible for customers. 

“Regular testing is also really important for everyone as we move out of lockdown, which is why we are proudly supporting the government to offer free, rapid tests at our pharmacies in England through the Pharmacy Collect scheme.”

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