UK Tour Operators Offer Lucrative Testing Deals to Travellers

With summer season at the doorstep a number of tourist companies have developed Covid-19 programmes, BBC reported. The companies in UK offer options to receive PCR tests at subsidized or even zero price. Most European countries still have a number of travel restrictions including required PCR tests on return from risky destinations. In some countries the tests are required even for vaccinated travelers. The price of tests weights down on the price of tourists packages.

The UK’s largest tour operator Tui has announced that it will subsidise the cost of Covid testing for customers who book its package holidays. Other holiday companies are also offering testing deals, including EasyJet, Jet2 and British Airways. Every traveller will need to take at least one PCR test after returning to the UK, according the government’s outlined plans for reopening travel, and those who have travelled to countries considered higher risk will need to take up to three tests. As well as the subsidised test packages, that would include PCR and lateral flow tests, Tui said it is was also including free Covid insurance on all holidays. The firm said that it was aware that some customers might need to change their holiday dates, for example if they did not receive their test results on time, or if the country they were going to was moved by the government from green to amber under its “traffic light” travel system.

While Tui is not the first firm to announce a subsidised testing package, it is undercutting deals elsewhere. Other travel firms are offering testing packages for between £60 and £210 per person.