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Ministers urged to scrap VAT on holiday Covid tests as a family of four would fork out £1,328 to travel to Spain


MINISTERS are under pressure to scrap VAT on holiday Covid tests as it emerged a family of four faces a £1,328 bill to visit Spain.

Travellers have been advised to take an extra PCR before flying home taking the number to four.

At £83 a pop on average, it adds up to a total of £332 a person.

The Treasury is set to pocket £500million in VAT on holiday Covid tests, yet of the 6,977 positive tests since July 1 only 354 were sequenced, figures show.

Campaign group Take A Holiday From VAT has started a petition, calling for an end to the testing “racket”.

Tory MP David Davis said: “The state should shoulder some of the burden of these tests.

“They must be zero-rated for VAT and a limit placed on what people can charge — so we don’t get profiteering.”

Boris Johnson backed the testing measures last night but said he wanted the nation to get back on their hols.

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Last night Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was under fire for advising holiday-makers travelling to Spain to take PCR tests but not making it compulsory.

Meanwhile, about 7,000 Brits began a scramble to return from Mexico yesterday after it was put on the red list.

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