The UK government wants to relax some of the travel restrictions, now that the summer holidays have gone. Good news for travle insurance brands – perhaps.
Antony Martin, Managing Director at ROCK Insurance Group comments:
“It’s great to hear that from Monday 4th October fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need a pre-departure test before arrival into England and from later in October the day 2 PCR test will be replaced with a cheaper lateral flow. This, combined with the government’s plan to replace the current traffic light system with a single red list is great news for the travel industry, as simplifying the process will provide people with more confidence to travel.
While this is positive news, what no one talks about is that you can easily fake an anti-gen test. There is an industry-wide issue that anti-gen tests are not regulated in the UK and no proof of ID is required when carrying out a test for travel purposes so there is a risk of people having someone else take a test on their behalf and then travelling whilst potentially carrying the virus.
To combat this, our B2C brand Insurefor has just launched an ‘Insure and Test’ product in partnership with certified COVID-19 test provider DocHQ to launch an anti-gen testing product that can be booked with a 35% discount when you buy Insurefor travel insurance. All tests are administered in front of a healthcare professional via a live, secure online consultation process and therefore fully validated, which will in turn protect other passengers.
We’re calling for all anti-gen tests to be regulated in this way. We recommend the industry follows our lead to implement a new set of protocols that are as robust as possible. As restrictions ease and we approach the next stage of what travel evolution looks like, we need to make sure it’s watertight.”