The cost of PCR tests

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Since the government person responsible for transport, Grant Shapps, said that the cost of PCR tests was to high, others have been quick to agree.

Grant Shapps has still no news about overall PCR price reductions

The boss of easyJet suggested that they should be cut to about £30. ABTA contributed to the debate saying that the present cost of a PCR test was “a significant restriction” as if we already didn’t know that.

One of the suppliers of PCR tests – Randox – has dropped its price from £100 to £60 suggesting that it was creaming good profits at the higher level if it can afford to cut prices by 40%.

Today, the World Aviation Festival starts and, once again, it will be a virtual congress. By lunchtime I expect pricing and the whole implementation of testing will have been discussed. I can’t imagine the airline industry won’t be demanding that prices be substantially reduced.

As Just about Travel wrote recently, why does PCR testing in Mallorca cost only £78? Last November in Greece, PCR tests were capped at €40 (about £35) in the public sector whereas, even in the private sector, tests can be bought for about €70. In India, the price is about £35-£40.

In the ten days since Shapps gave his interview only Randox has cut its prices.

Since that date there has been no news of how discussions with the providers are progressing.

Travel companies are right to say that the costs of PCR testing will put off many people from booking. For a family with teenage children the costs prior to travelling and returning home border on prohibitive. Comments about only the rich can afford to holiday abroad are wide of the mark because of the number of people who feel they must have a holiday.

A cruise around the UK or a staycation seem the cheaper and hassle-free option, something that many tour operators are hoping won’t happen!

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