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Return flights to 192 cities are cheaper than the COVID tests needed to go there

  • Double vaccinated Brits are paying an average of £190 for COVID tests when travelling
  • There are direct flights available to 17 “green” and 24 “amber” countries for less than this
  • In one instance, travellers face paying 21 times more for the tests than the return flight

17, September, 2021, LONDON –

You could get return, direct, flights to 192 cities around the world for less than the COVID tests needed to travel according to new analysis by, a shopping comparison site.

Currently, double vaccinated Brits face an average cost of £190 for the COVID tests needed to travel abroad, which is a significantly higher amount than many return flights.

Finder’s analysis looked at all available flights throughout September departing from London airports, and found 41 countries offered return trips, without any stops, for less than this cost.

In some cases the price discrepancy was huge. The cheapest return flight available was to Aalborg in Denmark, for just £9. In this instance travellers would be paying 21 times more for the tests than the flights.

If you were prepared to have a stop en-route then you could get as far away as Dubai for less than the cost of the tests. You would also be able to visit 308 cities in 51 countries.

Liz Edwards, UK editor-in-chief at shopping comparison site, gives advice on ensuring you’re paying the lowest prices possible on your COVID tests:

There’s currently huge variation in price and service quality in the private COVID testing industry. While the government is attempting to tackle this issue, this fledgling industry is likely to remain loosely regulated for a little while yet.

If you’re one of the growing number of Brits who plan to travel abroad soon, then make sure you search around to find a reasonably priced test from a provider on the government’s list. A few minutes of searching, and checking reviews, could save you and your family or friends a significant amount of money and hassle. It is also a good idea to keep tabs on the country you plan to visit because a change in its red, amber or green category is likely to alter the tests you need to buy“.


Finder analysed all available, direct, return flights to “green” and “amber” countries on Skyscanner for the month of September, departing from any London airport. The flight costs were collected on 26 August, 2021.

To get the average cost of COVID tests needed to fly (for fully vaccinated people), Finder combined the average of all the available, and government-listed, pre-departure tests available (£79) with the average cost of “pre-departure to return” tests on the Finder site (£42.50), and added the mandatory post-arrival testing packages for double-vaccinated travellers from Scotland and Wales (£68).


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