Holidays: Boots to offer PCR tests for travel from just £65 with points opportunities

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From May 17 Covid-weary Britons will be able to jet off on holiday once again to a select list of destinations. Under the Government’s “traffic light” system, travellers will be required to take pre-and post-departure COVID-19 tests.

With the average PCR tests costing a reported £120, some experts have raised concerns travel will be inaccessible given the testing requirements.

Luckily, there are now more opportunities to benefit from low-cost testing with high street pharmacy and retailer Boots “expanding” its private testing facilities.

One of the options includes an at-home PCR self-test offered by MyHealthChecked that can be purchased on boots.com and delivered to customers’ homes the next day.

The test also allows Boots Advantage Card holders the opportunity to collect stores points which can be used towards other purchases in the future.

The test, which is also available at over 500 Boots stores, is priced at £65. Boots Advantage Card holders can purchase it using their points or earn points to spend on other items at Boots.

The high street retailer is also offering an in-store COVID-19 PCR testing service.

Tests cost £99 and are available at over 200 stores in the UK and offer results within 48 hours.

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Boots is also offering COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing Service, costing £79.99 at over 15 stores.

Results are available within the day.

All three private Boots tests can be used as a private pre-flight testing service, depending on the specific requirements of the destination country and airline.

Furthermore, Boots is an accredited test provider for the Government’s Test to Release scheme, offering next day results.

Customers can use this option on day five of their quarantine, taking a voluntary test to reduce their home quarantine.

However, this cannot be used for those returning from “red list” countries.

Asif Aziz, Director of Healthcare Services at Boots UK, said: “Now that holidaymakers can start planning a summer holiday abroad, we look forward to helping them stay safe when travelling.

“With a negative COVID-19 test result becoming the norm for international travel, we have increased our testing services to make them even more accessible for customers.

“Regular testing is also really important for everyone as we move out of lockdown, which is why we are proudly supporting the government to offer free, rapid tests at our pharmacies in England through the Pharmacy Collect scheme.”

Holidaymakers jetting off to “green list” destinations, which includes Portugal and Iceland, will need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to the UK, and book and pay for a COVID-19 test to be taken on day two of their arrival.

Quarantine is not necessary, as long as the COVID-19 tests prove negative.

Meanwhile, arrivals from “amber list” destinations will be required to take the same pre-departure and day two tests but must take a further test on day eight.

They will also be required to quarantine for 10 days.

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