BrianDromey wrote:You pay taxes for essential public services. Allowing discretionary or business travel is not one of these, in my opinion. Many would argue that essential services are already underfunded, but that’s an argument for another day. My view would be that if you want to travel and a COVID test is a requirement to enter then the traveler or their employer needs to meet that cost. Just like ESTA, VISA costs or vaccinations for anything else.
The Iceland government requires travellers to pay for their test on arrival. It’s roughly €70. If you want to enter, that’s what you pay, they won’t accept tests from elsewhere. Covid tests for travel are not available on the NHS and private tests in London range from £150-300.
I think your logic is pretty sound here, equating it to things like vaccinations and Visa costs and so on. The Icelandic model is what I'd prefer. I wouldn't want to have to sort out my own test and bring along the results. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are now requiring tests to enter, transit and exit, which has got to be a travel killer. You have to wonder if we'll even have an airline industry in six months time if this kind of thing keeps up. Otherwise us taxpayers are in for some huge bills to keep the airlines afloat.