Ministers are in talks to axe ‘misleading’ official list of Covid test prices in time for half term holidays as site is ‘hijacked’ by ‘rogue’ providers

  • Anyone who needs a lateral flow test or PCR to travel is directed to official site
  • However, critics say the list has been hijacked by rogue providers
  • They have accused them of promising much lower prices than customers get

Ministers are in talks to scrap the ‘misleading’ official list of Covid test prices in time for the half-term holidays.

Anyone who needs a lateral flow test or PCR to travel is directed to the Government’s website of private providers, which quotes prices.

However, critics say the list has been hijacked by rogue providers – and have accused them of promising much lower prices than customers end up having to pay.

Anyone who needs a lateral flow test or PCR to travel is directed to the Government’s website of private providers, which quotes prices (file photo)

As first revealed in The Mail on Sunday, double-jabbed travellers will soon no longer need a PCR test when returning to the UK – but they must pay for a cheaper lateral flow test two days after arriving.

Last night, a Government source said it was optimistic the change will be in place for half-term, from October 23.

Last month, Health Secretary Mr Javid said the Government had removed 91 providers

One testing firm, which has made a submission to the Competition and Markets Authority, called for the list to be scrapped, saying it has been hijacked by ‘rogue’ providers.

Last month, Health Secretary Mr Javid said the Government had removed 91 providers. 

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