A total of 57 private travel testing companies in the United Kingdom will be removed from the GOV.UK list as they no longer exist or don’t provide day two and day eight testing.
“Following a rapid review of the pricing and service standards of day two and day eight testing providers listed on GOV.UK, 82 providers – making up around 18% listed – have been identified as displaying lower prices on GOV.UK than are available on their website at the point of checkout,” Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said.
Meanwhile, over 80 private travel testing companies will be issued a two-strike warning and could be removed from GOV.UK for misleading prices.
Javid said that the companies took advantage, and it was “unacceptable.”
“It is absolutely unacceptable for any private testing company to be taking advantage of holidaymakers, and today’s action clamps down on this cowboy behavior,” he said.
He also said regular spot checks would be introduced from this week to ensure companies comply with the rules to ensure prices displayed are accurate.
“We are also introducing regular spot checks this week to make sure all private providers follow the rules and meet our high standards of transparency,” Javid said.
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