Laboratory and Testing Industry Organisation

LTIO responds to signs that Government plans to scrap travel testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers

The newly-appointed Chair of the Laboratory and Testing Industry Organisation (LTIO), Tom Watson, said:

“The only way our country can avoid hard lockdowns is by maintaining a robust Covid testing regime. As the Health Secretary has said, ‘The vaccine programme, testing programme and surveillance programme are all part of our wall of defence.’

“We have consistently backed relaxing unnecessary restrictions but believe removing testing completely for international travel would weaken those defences. Lateral flow tests are a low-cost way to ensure we are able to detect new variants.

“Testing is the antidote to lockdowns.”