WTTC calls on government to pay for Covid-19 PCR tests

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has argued the federal government ought to bear the price of “hugely expensive” and pointless PCR exams for totally jabbed residents.

The physique claims the exams are deterring Britons from travelling.

Over the weekend, the UK well being secretary, Sajid Javid, requested the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) step in to analyze ‘excessive’ pricing and ‘exploitative practices’ amongst PCR Covid check corporations.

This follows widespread reviews of huge variations paid by travellers for PCR exams by completely different corporations.

Currently, the price of PCR exams varies enormously between suppliers, with the common costing round £75.

However, some corporations are providing categorical PCR check outcomes inside 90 minutes at a price of as much as £400.

This makes UK PCR exams among the many costliest in Europe – partly because of the 20 per cent VAT cost utilized on prime.

Now WTTC, which represents the worldwide personal tourism sector, says it’s time the federal government stepped as much as pay for individuals’s PCR exams in full, if they’re totally jabbed.

This would take away the massive monetary burden, which is miserable demand for journey, successfully halting the revival of worldwide journey.

Genomic sequencing information from PCR exams is harvested by the federal government to quickly determine variants of concern, perceive transmission and sluggish the unfold, nonetheless WTTC challenges why customers ought to need to pay for this.

Virginia Messina, WTTC performing chief govt, mentioned: “For many individuals –particularly households and small companies on a funds – the crippling added price of the pointless PCR exams makes the distinction between with the ability to journey or not.

“It’s clear that many British adults merely can’t afford to journey abroad in any respect in the event that they need to pay the extreme price of PCR exams.

“More reasonably priced antigen exams, with PCR exams for individuals who do check optimistic, will assist maintain travellers secure and make taking a visit abroad inside the funds of most individuals.

“But if the federal government needs further info for genomic sequencing – they need to pay for it.

“If they don’t pay, then customers will vote with their toes and keep away from worldwide journey altogether, additional damaging the already struggling UK tourism sector.

“At the very least, we support the investigation by the CMA to look into the excessive pricing of PCR tests which is deterring the revival of international travel.”

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