The Government’s travel testing policy was in chaos on Friday night after it was forced to backtrack on claims that holidaymakers could purchase tests for as little as £1.99.
Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, boasted on national radio that tests could be bought for under £2.50 from the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) list of approved test providers, as he claimed the Government was driving down costs for prospective holidaymakers.
However, just hours later, the list had to undergo a major overhaul, with the advertised prices increased by almost 60-fold. One firm offering tests at prices from £1.99 on Friday morning was hiked to £117.99 by Friday afternoon.
The move followed an investigation by The Telegraph that found most of the cheapest test providers, all advertising kits at below £20, had been lambasted in consumer reviews by holidaymakers angry over non-existent or late test results, delays or blanked calls.
It comes amid fears that holidaymakers could be left stranded by the complex rules on inbound and outbound travel as airlines refuse boarding to any passenger without proof of vaccination or the correct Covid tests.
One expert said travellers now “needed a PhD” to understand and complete the testing requirements.
Bookings for holidays have doubled in the last 24 hours after the Government announced fully jabbed holidaymakers and their children will be able to travel to amber list countries from July 19 without having to quarantine…