Boris Johnson vows to look at slashing cost of Covid tests in boost for foreign summer holidays

BORIS Johnson dropped a major hint that foreign holidays would be back this summer as he vowed to look at slashing the cost of Covid tests needed for a getaway.

The PM said he still hoped to allow travel from May 17, and said £150 PCR tests could be replaced with £5 lateral flow swabs so struggling families could afford them.

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Travel experts have warned that ordinary families face being priced out of holidays abroad if ministers insist on full tests to travel abroad.

EasyJet chief Johan Lundgren told The Sun: “The proposed requirement for two tests could add on upwards of £500 for a family of four.

“This would effectively be a return to flying being only something that the rich can afford and put it out of reach for many hard-working families at a time when so many need a break.

“We will work with partners to do what we can to bring the price of testing down but I appeal to the Prime Minister to re-examine the data.”

But the PM was upbeat – and said he had raised the cost of testing when discussing the reopening of travel.

Mr Johnson said: “We’re going to see what we can do to make things as flexible and as affordable as possible.”

But he warned people to be realistic as Europe was battling a third wave of the virus.

Meanwhile, the Passport Office is advising Brits to allow up to ten weeks to renew their documents as demand has tripled.



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