17 MAY 2021


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Article from BTNews 17 MAY 2021

Green corridor flights and PCR

A number of ‘Green’ list countries remain off limits because of entry restrictions David Starkie of CASE reports.
Airlines, who have lost a fortune over the last 15 months, are attempting to recoup as best they can.  May is still normally considered a ‘shoulder period’ with bargains usually available.  Not this year!

Portugal, and Faro in particular, has seen a surge of service offerings that also benefit the UK’s smaller regional airports such as Southampton, Bournemouth, Newquay, East Midlands and Liverpool. BA has added Newcastle in the north east.
Despite reports in the media of fare gouging, on the whole these remain fairly reasonable, but there remains the added cost of PCR tests. The rules are not transparent, but it appears that Portugal requires a PCR test not more than 72 hours before arrival and then after returning to the UK when another PCR check is required. Boots are at present charging from £65 at home (and in certain stores booked on-line) and there are a number of alternative providers found on the web. At these prices, for a family of four, the test costs alone will be a minimum of £520 as things stand.


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Jim James, Dunstable

Blimy! According to the easyJet app its cheaper for the most of May to book a return flight from Luton than take a single PCR test!