By Sally Underwood • 22 April 2021 • 15:36
EWN Champions Rights of Brits in Spain. Image: EWN
ACCORDING to reports, the price of PCR tests for travel can range from £60 (€69) to £214 (€246). And while the UK requires tests on both entering and leaving this could add hundreds to the price of travel for many Brits in Spain hoping to see their friends and family again this summer, sparking a campaign by the EWN.
After the Euro Weekly News ran a poll asking readers whether they believed the UK government should introduce a price limit on the cost of tests, and a whopping 85.2 per cent agreed prices should be capped.
Now CEO of the EWN, Michel Euesden, has written to the UK’s Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP, calling on him to introduce a price cap on PCR tests making them more affordable for Britons in Spain looking forward to seeing their loved ones again when international travel is permitted.
In her letter, Michel wrote: “With around 360,000 Britons in Spain, many of whom still have family, homes and businesses in the UK, readers have been getting in touch concerned about the price of UK PCR tests for international travel.
“According to Which?, PCR tests for passengers in the UK can range from £60 to £214, causing concern that families in the UK will be unable to afford the costs of visiting elderly expat relatives in Spain, and that Britons here will be unable to travel between Spain and the UK.
“After such a long separation from loved ones during the pandemic it is a priority for Britons here for tests to be affordable enough to see their families again.
“The many Britons here with tourism-related businesses are also eager to ensure that UK travellers are not deterred from visiting Spain this summer due to the high price of tests.
“I would be very grateful, therefore, if you could please tell me if the government has any plans to introduce a cap on the price companies can charge UK travellers? Or whether it plans to introduce a standard test price to help UK nationals reunite with their loved ones?”
The EWN is now waiting for the government’s response and is encouraging Britons in Spain concerned about the impact of high costs on seeing family and on business to get involved with its campaign via its petition.
And Trish in Vera, who signed the petition, said: “I live alone in Spain after my husband died. I am a pensioner on a fixed income and all my family live in the UK. I would like the chance to go and see them and vice versa without it causing any of us financial hardship. ”
To make your voice heard and to support all Brits hoping to see their families again, as well as our tourism industry, join our petition now here and work together to help bring families together again this summer.
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Sally Underwood is a former aide to several former cabinet members and now contributes her views on Parliament’s ever-changing shape in her column for the Euro Weekly News.
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