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Brits desperate for a summer holiday could use free NHS Covid tests to cut costs

Fancy an escape? Sign up to the Chill newsletter for weekly inspiration and advice on UK holidays The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has suggested that in the future holidaymakers may be allowed to take their free NHS Covid tests on holiday in order to reduce costs.Rather than PCR tests, which are the established way travellers prove they are negative for Covid, holidaymakers could use rapid 'lateral flow' tests before flying.PCR tests are considered more accurate as swabs are tested in a laboratory but they are significantly more expensive.

The Transport Secretary indicated that when international flights do return it is likely only PCR tests will initially be allowed, reports the Mirror.

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