Laboratory and Testing Industry Organisation

LTIO’s response to changes in the testing requirements for international travel

The Department for Transport have today announced that from late October, eligible fully vaccinated passengers including under 18s returning from a rest of world country will have the option to replace their day 2 test with a cheaper lateral flow test, followed by a free PCR test if positive, reducing the cost of tests on arrival into England. They have also confirmed that passengers taking postal tests will be able to send a picture of their lateral flow test as a minimum requirement to verify the test result, with the ambition remaining to have this in place for people returning from half-term breaks by the end of the month.

In response to this, please see below the Laboratory and Testing Industry Organisation’s (LTIO) comment. The LTIO is the trade association for COVID testing companies and laboratories. We represent and self-regulate providers who can demonstrate trustworthy testing services to businesses and the general public.

A spokesperson for the LTIO said: “We are deeply concerned by the Government’s announcement to end the PCR testing requirement for international travel, and replace it with an unsupervised lateral flow regime. Unless these tests are monitored, the Government is significantly reducing the country’s ability to detect new variants. The LTIO understands the need to reduce the barriers to travel, but the risk of further lockdowns as we enter the critical Winter period is simply too great allow passengers to mark their own homework.”

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