Travel news latest: Cap cost of ‘rip-off’ PCR tests, Government told

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The startling cost of PCR tests for British holidaymakers should be capped by the Government, Boris Johnson has been told. 

Analysis of a list of Government approved providers by the Liberal Democrats has shown that more than 100 outlets are charging £200 or more, while just a tenth offer the tests needed for overseas travel for under £50.

Munira Wilson, health spokesperson for the party, said the price of PCR tests are “a rip-off and far higher than most other countries”.

“International travel cannot become a luxury that only the wealthy can afford,” she said.

The Lib Dems has said the Government should scrap VAT on the tests and cap the cost.

On Sunday evening, Health Secretary Sajid Javid asked the competition watchdog, the CMA, to investigate the cost of PCR tests, warning of “unfair practices” and “unnecessarily high costs”.  

Last week, the Telegraph reported holidaymakers were paying the equivalent of £100,000 for each sequenced PCR test

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