The UK Government is set to change pre-arrival testing for international travellers, again.
They will remove the requirement to obtain a pre-arrival test and only require a lateral flow (rather than PCR) two days after arrival. With COVID rampant the old regime seemed both costly and deterring to visitors.
The need to self-isolate whilst the result of the lateral flow test is obtained has is being removed also.
If the Lateral Flow is positive self-isolation and a PCR test are required.
The change will come in for those arriving after 0400 on 7 January 2022.
I am sure that the post-arrival lateral flow will have to be a commercially sourced one as the NHS remains woefully understocked with free ones.
I also expect, given the short notice, that test providers and the online passenger locator system will be behind the curve.