‘The State is not going to test you for free before you go on holiday’ – Minister rules out free PCR tests

The State will not subsidise the cost of PCR testing for holidaymakers who wish to travel abroad this summer, it has been confirmed.

Minister of State Ossian Smyth said “there is no plan” to subsidize the cost of international travel at present and added people will not be able to avail of “free” PCR testing from the HSE for this purpose.

“If you want to get tested before travel, you have to get a private test. You can’t go along to the HSE and say I want to go on holidays, will you test me for free,” he told RTÉ’s Saturday with Katie Hannon.

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on transport, Darren O’Rourke, said there were “real implications there for the cost of a family holiday.” 

For a family, it’s €150 a head per PCR test.” 

irishexaminer ‘The State is not going to test you for free before you go on holiday’ – Minister rules out free PCR tests