Government confirms review of COVID tests for travellers in June

By Linsey McNeill
17/05/2021
Home » Government confirms review of COVID tests for travellers in June

The Government confirmed today that its testing requirement for returning holidaymakers will be reviewed on 28 June as it published its promised Passenger COVID Charter.

The Charter outlines passengers’ rights and responsibilities when travelling this summer, as recommended by the Global Travel Taskforce.

It also tells passengers what to do if their travel plans change, including:

  • what they are entitled to through their passenger rights
  • expectations of the providers they are booking trips with
  • their own responsibilities to ensure a smooth journey

Aviation Minister Robert Courts said: “If you are heading aboard this summer, you need to be aware that travel will be different and prepare accordingly.

“That’s why we have developed the Passenger COVID-19 Charter, to simply set out the steps passengers should consider taking as we start to holiday once again with greater confidence.”

Some examples of the information the charter provides includes refund rights for cancelled flights, ferries and package plus a warning to holidaymakers that they might not be entitled to a refund if there’s a change in restrictions or travel advice.

“Travelling abroad this year will be different as a result of the pandemic, with longer queues expected at borders and strict testing requirements,” said the Government.

It confirmed that passengers arriving from all destinations will still need to provide a passenger locator form and show proof of a negative pre-departure test.

The Government has also launched a new, user-friendly list of the tests required for those returning from green and amber list destinations, including costs.

It said the need for continued testing will be formally reviewed on 28 June to take account of the domestic and international health situation.

The Government also confirmed that from today, people in England who have both vaccine doses will be able to demonstrate their COVID vaccination status via the NHS app.

Those without access to the app can request a letter from the NHS proving their vaccination status by calling 119.

How COVID passports work

Test results will not yet be stated in the app and the process for booking and presenting test results for travel remains unchanged.

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