Which? responds to the government asking the Competition and Markets Authority to assess the Covid travel test market

Rory Boland, Which? Travel Editor, said:

“Which? has been warning the government for several months that the cost of private testing for travel in this country is comparatively and prohibitively high.

“Currently, an unvaccinated traveller on a return trip to Spain requires four tests totalling an estimated £219 per person, and even if you are vaccinated it’s still close to a hundred pounds. Much of that cost is because of the high price of tests in the UK.

“While it is positive that the Competition and Markets Authority has been asked to examine the Covid test market, it is disappointing that it has taken so long for this issue to be investigated. The government must take action to ensure private testing for travel is affordable for all UK consumers – not just those who are better off.”


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