Published On: Tue, Aug 17th, 2021
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Travel PCR Tests ‘A Rip-Off’: Former Head of UK Competition Watchdogon August 17, 2021 at 12:53 pm

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COVID tests for travel are “a predictable COVID rip-off,” according to Lord Tyrie, the former head of the UK Competition and Markets Authority. Currently, all travellers must take at least one PCR test after arriving in England, which they must pay for themselves from an approved provider, in addition to a test prior to departure from overseas. Those tests typically cost around £75 ($103) in the UK but can be far more pricey. Lord Tyrie told the BBC that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) had been “too slow to react” to complaints from passengers and the travel industry, which flooded in as CCP virus restrictions were loosened just before the holiday season. “The CMA acted much more quickly to quell price-gouging on hand sanitiser and other COVID-related products 18 months ago,” he said. The health secretary last week asked the CMA to investigate “excessive” pricing and “exploitative practices” among PCR test …

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