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UK Urges COVID Test Firms To Stop Exploiting Travellers

(File Photo) Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during an event on the sidelines of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on November 1, 2021. COP26, running from October 31 to November 12 in Glasgow will be the biggest climate conference since the 2015 Paris summit and is seen as crucial in setting worldwide emission targets to slow global warming, as well as firming up other key commitments.
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Britain on Wednesday urged private Covid test firms to stop exploiting travellers, after a former competitions chief said the market was a “rip-off jungle”.

“We’ve been clear it is unacceptable for any private testing company to take advantage of holidaymakers,” the Department of Health and Social Care said in a statement.

“The government has taken action to drive down the cost of tests for international travel.”

The call came one day after Britain rolled out new travel curbs to try and prevent transmission of the Omicron variant.

The price of private Covid testing has fallen considerably this year in the face of pressure from the government and the travel industry.

However, Lord Andrew Tyrie, former chairman of the Competition and Markets Authority, labelled the market a “rip-off jungle”.

Tyrie told the BBC on Wednesday that “misleading online advertisements, overpricing (and) unacceptably poor service… are still widespread” in the market.

“To allow this to continue over the peak Christmas period would be scandalous,” he warned.

Under this week’s new rules, anyone travelling to the UK will have to show evidence of a negative lateral flow or PCR test taken within the 48 hours before boarding a flight.

This will apply to travellers aged 12 and over from any country.

Travellers already have to take a PCR test within two days of arrival in Britain.

The UK travel sector argues that the cost of British tests remains a major disincentive.

The Association of British Travel Agents on Tuesday warned that the latest curbs risked holiday firms going bust.

The ABTA industry body also urged the government to provide financial support to the beleaguered sector.

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