Some PCR Covid tests for travel have fallen in price to under £45, according to the transport secretary.
Addressing parliament on 29 April, Grant Shapps said that he was “very anxious” to get the cost of PCR tests down.
“I can bring some good news to the house,” he said. “There are now test providers providing tests for £60, and indeed one now for £44.90.”
He did not mention which provider was offering this price, but The Independent’s research suggests it is Eurofins Covid Testing Services Ltd (ECTS).
The Travel Network Group, which counts more than 900 independent travel agents among its members, recently announced it had made a deal with ECTS so that customers who booked through member agents could secure a PCR test for £44.90.
Testing kits are delivered by Royal Mail Special Delivery to customers’ homes, with prepaid postage back to the laboratory included.
“When the government announced the traffic light system, we identified the cost of testing as a major barrier to travel for many people,” said Gary Lewis, chief executive of The Travel Network Group.
“The government has provided a list of over 400 companies that can provide general testing or test-to-release for international travel…