Clarity on PCR test deadline needed, to boost the half term get-away

22nd September 2021
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22 September 2021

Brittany Ferries says the travel sector needs urgent clarity on the date by which returning holiday makers can switch from expensive PCR tests to cheaper lateral flow tests. The measure, announced by transport secretary last Friday and accompanied by the end of pre-departure tests commencing 4 October, will make an international holiday more attractive and less expensive for travellers.

Government says the aim is to have it in place for when people return for half term breaks. But without a clear deadline, travellers remain cautious. The woolly aspiration – from the end of October – is not helpful. Holiday makers and travel companies like Brittany Ferries need urgent clarification to release a dam of pent-up demand.

“We welcome changes to the travel framework for fully jabbed Brits and we have seen a significant increase in reservations as a consequence,” said Paul Acheson, sales and marketing director, Brittany Ferries. “However, many families looking for a last-minute break are understandably still wary. We need government to announce a clear date upon which PCR tests will revert to lateral flow. This will release a dam of demand, supporting those working in the travel sector and giving holiday makers the full confidence they need to book a last minute get-away.”

Brittany Ferries has seen a 71 percent increase in reservations for the October half-term period and a 25 percent increase in forward reservations for 2022. However, many customers say they are waiting for absolute clarity over lateral flow test provisions before booking their next trip to France or Spain.