Coronavirus UK latest – Families face £600 Covid tests bill to go on foreign holidays this summer

FAMILIES could be forced to fork out £600 for Covid tests to go abroad on holiday this summer  – even if the destination is on the “green” list.

Boris Johnson is set to reveal a traffic light system for overseas holidays based on other countries’ rates of the bug and their vaccination levels.

But under this plan, each traveller has to take at least two tests on holidays to fly to a low-risk “green” destination.

For those planning to go abroad, arranging pre-departure tests could add at least £400 to the cost of a holiday abroad for a family of four, while the second post-arrival test could put on a further £200.

It comes as daily Covid cases fell to their lowest level since mid-September on Good Friday – as the infection toll increased by 3,402 today.

In the last 24 hours, 52 coronavirus deaths were recorded – bringing the total number of Covid deaths in the UK to 126,816.

Yesterday four new countries were also added to the government’s “travel red list” amid a spike in coronavirus cases.

International travellers from the Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh will be refused entry into England from April 19 – as the UK’s coronavirus R rate rose as high as one.

Only people with British and Irish citizenship – or residence rights in the UK – will be allowed to enter England from next Friday.

But Brits who do arrive from these countries will be required to self-isolate in a government-approved hotel quarantine facility for 10 days – costing £1,750 per person.

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