Thanks for the detailed update. It looks to me that its by no way a fool proof system though, and given that the level of virus in france and across europe is as high if not higher than most regions in the UK, and the possibility of false results etc. the only really important factor is has the traveller been fully vaccinated? So I predict that before long countries will drop the PCR tests as they can't be trusted anyway and vaccination certificates will be the only requirement.We are double vaccinated since March. Our 2nd tests have the dreaded Indian batch numbers. Further research makes me think this is a storm in a teacup. It is probable that these batch numbers were made in India, maybe even from the same Brewing vats as the Covishield that is made for use in India and Africa. However they were labelled as Vaxevria and shipped to the Uk where they were batch tested by the MHRA along with all the European made Vaxevria. They are therefore as far as I can tell covered by the same regulations as any other Vaxevria. If you were injected in India with Covishield you may have a problem entering the Eu. The British government says no Covishield has been used in the Uk. They are right it is apparently all in the name and the batch testing .
On this basis we are investigating going to France.A Government spokesperson said no Covidshield vaccines have been administered in the UKinews.co.uk
As of 19th July the tests needed are a pretravel test in England, a pretravel test in France, and a day 2 PCR test on return. The pretravel tests in both directions can be lateral flow tests the French require this to be taken within 48 hours of travel there is some confusion whether the Uk is also 48 or 72 hours.
You cannot use NHS lateral flow tests. Several businesses offer such tests for around £30 per test c19testing.co.uk is one such which is on the government list. The way they work it is they send you the test in the post. You self administer and email a photo of the finshed test with your passport. They email back a certificate this should easily happen within 48 hours. They suggest you get 2 and take one with you to self administer before your return.
As far as the PCR day 2 test is concerned the simplest is a boots home test kit £65. This you post and get the result within 2 days. So it seems the cost per person is of the order of £125
Reports today (13th) from france seem to suggest new restrictions are about to be imposed, so its worth checking this out.
We've put our return to travels abroad on hold this year until some sort of logical processes are brought in. I've never been in favour of jumping through hoops just to help sham regulations gain recognition to appease the voting public only to be quietly dropped when seen to be ultimately pointless.