Holidaymakers who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will see travel rules will relax from today (October 24).

Changes that came into force at 4am on Sunday morning will be a "huge boost" for the travel industry according to the government after months of restrictive, and expensive, measures.

Fully vaccinated people travelling from a non-red list country will be allowed to use a rapid lateral flow test to prove their Covid status on arrival in England just as the half-term holiday begins.

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A more expensive PCR coronavirus test used to have to be done on day two after a passenger's arrival in England.

Health secretary Sajid Javid said: “I’m delighted that from today eligible travellers to England, who’ve had the life-saving Covid-19 vaccine can benefit from a cheaper lateral flow test, providing faster results. This huge boost to the travel industry and the public will make it easier and cheaper for people to book holidays and travel abroad, and it is it is because of our incredible vaccine programme that this is possible."

Here is an outline what you need to know about the new rules which includes how to get hold of lateral flow tests, how much they cost and what to do if you test positive.

How to get hold of lateral flow tests

Lateral flow tests for international travellers have to be purchased from a private company.

NHS Test and Trace lateral flow tests, which can be ordered for free online, cannot be used for international travel, the MEN reports.

Tests can be purchased through any of these private providers listed on the government's website here. Bookings for lateral flow tests opened on Friday (October 22) and there are currently around 25 providers on the government website.

Passengers can book a test which they can take on their arrival into England at designated testing centres located in some airports. Passengers who have already purchased a PCR to use for travel do not need to buy another test as PCRs can still be used.

Testing costs

Tests must be ordered through private providers so there is no set cost - but prices range from around £20 to £40.

Testing costs for each provider are listed on the government's website.

Lateral flow tests are significantly cheaper than PCR tests, which are still needed for non-vaccinated travellers, and those returning from red list countries.

How to prove your test result

The lateral flow test is cheaper and quicker to carry out
The lateral flow test is cheaper and quicker to carry out

Lateral flow tests have to be taken as soon as possible on the day of arrival in England. The latest they can be completed is before the end of the passenger's second day.

Once the test has been taken, passengers must send a photo of their test result to the test provider.

Failure to prove your Covid test result can result in a fine of £1,000.

What to do if you test positive

People who test positive will need to take a free NHS confirmatory PCR test and then isolate.

Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said: “Testing and self-isolating if you are positive remain crucial steps to managing the pandemic and stopping the spread of COVID-19 in the community. It is also critical that those who have positive Lateral Flow Tests when returning to England go on to get this checked through a NHS Test & Trace PCR.

“This way we can continue to monitor new variants and stay on top of the virus.”

Rules for those who are not fully vaccinated

Passengers who are not fully vaccinated and are returning from a non-red list destination must take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on day two and day eight.

Passengers will need to self-isolate for 10 days on their arrival in England.

You can take an extra test to leave quarantine early using the Test to Release scheme.

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