UK government to provide free PCR covid tests for travel

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UK government to provide free PCR covid tests for travel

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Neill Farkhondeh started this petition to The Department for Health and Social Care and

If you work for an airline, in an airport or in any aviation related industry and want to do something to secure your job, then sign this petition. If you want to go on holiday this year or take your family on holiday this year without having to pay hundreds of pounds in Covid testing, then sign this petition.

In the last twelve months, PCR Covid testing has become a multi-million pound industry. The UK government have stopped offering free PCR tests to the general public, they are only available to front line workers. If you are travelling abroad you will need a test before you depart, a test before you return (taken in the country you travel to) and at a minimum a test on day two after returning to the UK, depending on where you have a been you may have to take even more tests. The average cost for testing per person per trip is £236. A family of four will typically have to pay almost £1,000 in testing in order to take a  trip abroad. At the same time, domestic holidays in the UK have seen a sharp price increase due to demand, meaning holidays at home or abroad are now extortionately expensive. To boost the aviation and travel sector the government should offer free or heavily discounted PCR tests so that anyone can travel abroad for a fair price.

The recovery of the travel sector is anticipated to be very slow. Despite being allowed to travel, many can not afford the additional costs. Not only does this mean not being able to travel abroad for many, it means more redundancies and pay cuts for airline and airport staff. The government should intervene now and give this sector the support it needs to help save jobs and give people a chance to travel. 

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