UK to start one-hour Covid-19 tests at Heathrow airport

Rapid tests will be introduced at Heathrow Airport to allow travellers to enter countries where a negative Covid-19 test result is needed to skip quarantine.
Rapid tests will be introduced at Heathrow Airport to allow travellers to enter countries where a negative Covid-19 test result is needed to skip quarantine.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Passengers will undergo a one-hour coronavirus test before flying out of the United Kingdom under plans to open up international travel, The Times reported on Tuesday (Oct 20).

Rapid tests will be introduced from Tuesday at Heathrow Airport to allow travellers to enter destinations where a negative Covid-19 test result is needed to skip quarantine, the newspaper said.

Testing will begin initially for travellers going to Hong Kong and Italy, Times said.

According to the report, passengers are required to book a test in advance at a cost of £80 (S$140).

Heathrow Airport did not immediately respond when contacted by Reuters.

Last week, Britain's transport minister Grant Shapps said his coronavirus testing plans would get more people flying in the months ahead.