Call to allow antigen testing for overseas travel

There are growing calls for the Government to allow rapid antigen testing to facilitate overseas travel.

The Oireachtas Transport Committee will hear from experts later on proposals to get the tests approved.

Ireland is one of the few countries in western Europe that won't accept the cheaper tests when the EU Digital Covid Cert is introduced.

Airlines and the wider travel industry are calling for this to change.

Pilot Niamh Power explains why they're needed.

"It will obviously bring down the cost significantly.

"Right now the PCR testing is costing anywhere from €100-200, depending on how quick the turnaround is needed, whereas antigen testing can be got from €10-15, so that's a major cost factor."

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