Which? comments on the simplified travel rules coming into effect on 4th October

Rory Boland, Which? Travel Editor, said: 

“With far fewer restrictions on where we can travel and reduced costs for tests, it’s clear these changes are likely to lead to many more people travelling. It’s essential then that the government is ready, including effective management of border queues and a testing regime that works.

“Travellers were let down badly during the summer by a dysfunctional PCR testing market that left them exposed to extortionate prices and unreliable providers. However, with just weeks until half term the government has still not given further details on its plans to allow fully-vaccinated travellers to use lateral flow tests on arrival into the UK later this month. The issues with PCR tests must not be repeated for lateral flow testing – the government must ensure a properly functioning system is in place.

“Other countries continue to alter restrictions on travel, often quickly. It’s essential then to book with a provider with flexible booking options that will refund you if travel rules change at the last minute. Which?’s holiday travel checker tool compares and rates holiday providers according to their Covid travel cancellation and refund policies – so you can find the providers with the most flexible booking policies.”


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