Families face forking out an extra £70 per child to travel to America as kids to be tested THREE times

FAMILIES face forking out an extra £70 per child to travel to America as kids are set to be tested THREE times.

Unvaccinated kids will have to be tested for Covid three times after flights to the US open up next Monday as pandemic border control rules change.

Washington DC has said that unvaccinated under 18s will have to take a post-arrival test between days three and five of their visit.

And they must also have a pre-departure test in the UK within three days of flying to the US, as well as one on day two once coming home.

The tests in the US can cost as much as £30 – with the two tests in the UK reaching up to £40.

This comes as the price of flights to New York has risen by almost 300 per cent in a day as Brits started planning their trips to America.

It comes after the United States lifted its border ban, allowing UK tourists into the country once again from November 8.

But as more people visited airline sites to book their trip abroad, prices soared.

According to SkyScanner, the cost of British Airways flights from Heathrow to JFK in New York rose from £350 on November 7 to £1,319 the following day when the travel ban is lifted.

Virgin Atlantic flights also rose from £584 to £1,215 in just one day – with a one-way ticket on November 10 costing up to £1,777.

Flights from New York to London are less expensive – with a ticket priced at about £250 – because people return at different times, The Times reports.

New York is the most popular destination for Brits visiting the US, followed by Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando and San Francisco, according to Skyscanner.

The US border was shut by Donald Trump in March 2020 and last month President Joe Biden announced it would reopen.

Fully-vaccinated people will be allowed to travel to the US from November 8 and the NHS Covid pass will be accepted as proof of vaccination.

A traveller's jab status will be checked by the airline before boarding and holidaymakers are also required to take a negative test within three days prior to departure.

Rules including a visa or visa waiver – called Esta – are also needed.

Even though the travel rules have now been relaxed, US authorities are still discouraging Americans from travelling to the UK due to the high number of Covid infections and deaths.

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