Coronavirus: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th March 2021.

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Photo of Bambos Charalambous Bambos Charalambous Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Minister (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the cost of covid-19 testing for people who are required to travel regularly to visit relatives in Europe.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

People should be staying at home unless they have a valid reason to travel. For those facing significant financial hardship as a result of the testing charge, there will be an opportunity to apply for a deferred repayment plan when booking. This is available for individuals who receive income-related benefits and they will be required to pay back the charge in 12 monthly instalments. All of these measures will be kept under constant review, including the impact on individuals with family ties in other countries.

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