A newspaper outlet reported that the price of coronavirus travel tests has increased over the past week despite repeated Government promises to drive down the cost.
Even though ministers have repeatedly promised to make travel testing more affordable, the official government website for booking gold standard PCR tests has instead seen prices increase by 60 per cent.
Analysis shared with the newspaper outlet suggests the average price for a package of two PCR tests advertised by the 50 most affordable government-approved providers was £46 on Thursday.
But it stood at £75, an increase of 63 per cent in only four days, and in actuality, the real cost facing families is expected to be much costlier, with the average price normally twice as high as the one listed once the tests are booked.
This is because, when holidaymakers click through to the companies websites, many of the most affordable packages are unavailable, driving the normal price of a two swab home test package to about £117.
Currently, people returning from amber list countries who are not fully vaccinated must quarantine for ten days and take a PCR test on days two and eight of their self-isolation.
The requirements are adding hundreds of pounds to the price of family holidays, and even those who’ve had both jabs need at least one PCR test after returning to the United Kingdom.
These requirements are adding hundreds of pounds to the cost of family holidays, but there’s been little in the way of tangible action to reduce the bill for travellers.
The cost of tests could be quickly cut if the Treasury heeded calls to exclude VAT of 20 per cent, but sources suggested such a move was no longer being considered.
Excluding VAT would reduce the normal price of a two swab home test package from £117 to £97.50.
It comes as research suggested 17 million people were contemplating going overseas this summer, meaning the Government stands to make £476 million on VAT on holiday tests.
Avi Lasarow, of testing firm Prenetics, said that their research shows that if the Government removed VAT, it wouldn’t only pay for the flights of a family of four travelling to Majorca, it would also spur demand and provide a much-needed boost for the hard-hit UK travel trade, and he called on other firms to promise to pass on possible VAT savings to customers too.
But travel won’t return to normal until the tests and paperwork go away, and the UK by now must realise that the so-called promises by Boris Johnson’s Government means nothing because it’s never kept.
And this appears to be a money-making racket, and an excuse to siphon billions, and it seems that they can steal from us with a smile on their face and people will still continue to vote for them.
If you’ve been fully vaccinated, what’s the point of having a test done, but then we in this country always seem to get ripped off and the Government always does absolutely nothing to stop it.
But being doubled jabbed still means that you can catch it and pass it onto others. Perhaps that’s so that you have to download your digital wallet vaccination passport so that they can monitor and surveillance all of your movements.
This whole pandemic seems to be about making money and control and has anyone noticed how much petrol and diesel has gone up in the last 12 months, and it’s almost gone unnoticed with the news outlets barely ever mentioning it, and people are being utterly robbed at the pumps.