Heathrow and Gatwick: The cheapest way to buy PCR tests for travel

Buying mandatory PCR tests in the UK for travel is not cheap – in fact it’s been revealed as one of the most expensive countries in the world to buy them – but you can get them cheap.

To return to the UK and to travel to most countries, you have to show proof of a negative Covid test, even if you’ve been fully vaccinated or you’re traveling from a country on the green list.

But bad news was dealt to British travellers as it was revealed that buying PCR tests in the UK is the second most expensive place to buy them in the world, according to a new study.

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A negative PCR test is needed to return to the UK

Travel tests will set UK holidaymakers back around £92 on average, an investigation by Admiral Travel Insurance has found.

USA took top spot for the most expensive place to buy a PCR test, which cost around £119.

Turkey offered the cheapest option to their locals at £20 per test.

Cosmin Sarbu, Head of Travel Insurance at Admiral, said: “Our research shows prices for PCR tests vary significantly between countries and UK residents seem to be forking out a lot more in comparison to people living overseas.

“Before booking a holiday, Brits should do their research to make sure they’re following the right rules and meeting the correct testing regulations in their chosen destination.

“It’s also best to find and book the PCR tests as soon as possible to make sure you have the correct paperwork before jetting off.”

It is possible to save money when purchasing the tests though.



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Cosmin continued: “To make savings, compare the prices between approved UK providers to check you’re paying the standard rate and not being overcharged for the service.

“Selecting a bundle package that includes all the travel tests required to go abroad will also help to reduce the additional costs, and shopping around is one of the best ways to find a good deal whether that’s with your holiday provider or airline.

“Also, to avoid being caught out and scammed, always check the provider is properly regulated before booking tests with them.”

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