Foreign Hols to Costa Packet

easyJet boss hits out at cost of tests.

The Metro leads with the headline “Foreign Hols to Costa Packet”, reporting that the easyJet chief, Johan Lundgren, believes that foreign hols could be out of the question this summer for all but the most wealthy families.

This is because it has emerged that the government plans that travellers returning from even the low-risk or “green” countries will have to pay for at least two UK coronavirus tests. “Which” puts the cost of pre-departure PCR test at £120 and a two-test package upon returning home at £190 – this being the minimum required for for travelling to and from most destinations, with some requiring more.

Lundgren suggested that the expensive PCR test should be scrapped for low risk destinations in favour of the cheaper lateral flow tests.

The Global Travel Taskforce is due to report on Monday on the reopening of non-essential travel which is currently proposed for May 17.

COVID-19 in Madeira: daily updates can be found on an earlier post.

Vaccinations in Madeira: updates can be found on an earlier post.

12 thoughts on “Foreign Hols to Costa Packet”

  1. As usual, this headline is based on pure speculation as nothing has been announced as yet. The media are so short of news, that they have resorted to headlines that look like the truth but when you read the article it says the words ‘believes’ and ‘plan’, but with no hard evidence to support the headline.

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  2. Even if it was £300 in total for a family of four it would add a lot to the cost of the holiday – maybe effectively double the price of the flight. If it was so much each it would make more sense to stay in the UK.

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    • It depends.

      When we (2) stay in Madeira it’s for at least 4 weeks. Converting the costs of flight, hotel and (full) breakfast into pounds the cost is around £5,000 + ca £100 to get to and from the airport.

      £300 on top of that isn’t that much in percentage terms.

      However going for a week from the UK which is closer and, yes, it’s a major deterent.

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      • The boss of Easy Jet voiced his concerns on the BBC about the extra costs that travellers would incurr due to proposed Covid rules.

        Is it not also speculative that we can visit our chosen destinations.?
        No definite dates as to when and if we can we travel for leisure.
        Whatever the outcome lets hope it is with few complexities.

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        Good comments Mike & Kathy.

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  3. The boss of Easy Jet voiced his concerns on the BBC about the extra costs that travellers would incurr due to proposed Covid rules.

    Is it not also speculative that we can visit our chosen destinations.?
    No definite dates as to when and if we can we travel for leisure.
    Whatever the outcome lets hope it is with few complexities.

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    • May 17th still looks to be a possibility for travel. Also, there is the possibility that a cheaper faster test than the pcr tests will be acceptable for those returning.

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  4. They appear to be similar to the lateral flow that I was issued to use twice a week for work purposes.
    They are not allowed pre – flight although they have a good accuracy
    percentage.
    The initial purpose was to ease the strain on the NHS.
    Boots are also selling at £120 they too are not permitted pre- flight
    to my knowledge.

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