The UK’s largest Covid-19 PCR testing provider is almost halving the cost to support travel to £60 per test.
PCR tests can cost from £100 each, and often much more, according to supplier Randox.
The company said it was responding after transport secretary Grant Shapps called for the cost of PCR tests for international travel to be driven down.
“In order to achieve the £60 price, which is limited to those undertaking international travel, purchasers will need to apply a discount code which can initially be obtained from airlines when booking travel,” Randox said.
The £60 charge is based on a PCR testing kit ordered online for home sample collection with the sample returned to the laboratory for testing. The cost is inclusive of VAT and logistics.
The move follows publication of the Global Travel Taskforce report setting out plans to potentially lift restrictions on overseas travel from May 17, dependent on PCR testing pre-departure and on return.
Specific PCR testing requirements will be based on the grading of destination countries within a green, amber and red traffic light system.
Randox managing director Dr Peter FitzGerald said: “In recognition of the needs of both the travel industry and the British public at this unprecedented time, Randox will reduce the all-inclusive cost of PCR testing for those in the UK undertaking international travel to £60 per test.
“We can see the pressures faced by the both the travel industry and the general public and are committed to effective and economical testing to support holidaymakers and those undertaking international travel.”