Scottish Daily Mail



FOREIGN countries may want proof of negative PCR Covid tests on arrival, but how do you arrange one and how much do they cost?

Then there is the British rule — part of the ‘green list’ arrangemen­ts — to be tested (with a ‘lateral’ or ‘antigen’ test) before departing home, plus a separate PCR test before day two on your return.

It’s confusing, but how does testing work in practice?

MOST countries will want proof, on arrival, of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before departure — even if you have proof of being fully vaccinated. Check entry requiremen­ts at

THE cost of a PCR test is about £100. At some private clinics it’s nearer £200.

FIND government­accredited testing firms on the ‘List of providers: general testing’ page of

BOOTS (£99, and Superdrug (£119, can arrange such tests by appointmen­t.

TUI this week launched holiday packages with all ‘green list’ tests from £60 pp. For countries that no longer need a negative PCR test before you go, it’s from £20 pp (

THE Government is considerin­g providing free lateral flow tests for departure abroad and prior to arrival home. Look out for details.

IT IS hoped an internatio­nally-accepted ‘digital health passport’ will be created so fully vaccinated travellers will need no tests at all.

SEE the official ‘traffic light’ rules on ‘Global Travel Taskforce sets out framework to safely reopen internatio­nal travel’ page at

VISIT ‘Traffic light system: red, amber and green list countries’ at

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