01 Dec Testing for Travel – A Guide
COVID-19 Testing for Travel
To help prevent the spread of Covid-19, countries’ entry requirements have changed alongside some countries also asking travellers to take a Covid-19 Test prior to departure in order to present a negative test result at the border. Testing for travel can be booked at a private clinic or, in some cases, can be completed with a home-testing kit. This is new for everyone which is why I’ve put together a guide to testing; giving you all the information you need when planning to travel. This guide helps to understand what to expect and where to find information and testing facilities.
Who needs a test? You may require a test if you are travelling to a country outside the UK. Testing requirements in each country are subject to change; it’s important to remember requirements may change quickly and at short notice. I strongly recommend signing up to the FCDO destination alerts – that way you can stay up-to-date with any changes as they happen
What do I need to do? Every country’s requirements are different – more important than ever before checking the FCDO website about a particular destination is crucial. On the destination index pages, you should be able to find out what type of test is required and how far in advance you should take it. Most destinations require that a test is taken between two and seven days before travel; make sure you follow the destination guidelines. Plan and book a test in advance, speak to your local pharmacist or GP if you have any questions or concerns.
Home Testing Kits
Some countries will permit home-testing results; please ensure you consult the guidance on the FCDO website to find out if this method is suitable for your destination. If in doubt, speak to your local pharmacist for advice. We’ve partnered with a global healthcare provider, Randox, to offer Barrhead and Brilliant Travel customers an exclusive discount on home-testing Covid-19 PCR kits which means, as a Brilliant Travel customer, you’ll only pay £85 instead of £120. Randox delivers healthcare solutions worldwide and are leading providers of self-administered Covid-19 tests.
COVID Home Test Kit Animation – what to expect
After booking your holiday with Ruth at Brilliant Travel, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to order your home test. When it arrives, follow the instructions carefully in order to complete your test.
Remember, the timing of your test will need to coincide with the entry requirements for your destination. For example, many countries require the test to be taken no later than 72 hours prior to departure.
Confirm Testing are the Fit To Fly experts. Barrhead and Brilliant Travel has partnered with Confirm Testing to provide customers with an exclusive 20% discount. Redeem your discount at https://www.confirmtesting.com/barrheadtravel. As travel ramps up again and countries open up their borders, they and airlines now require a certificate confirming negative COVID-19 status before traveling in order to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus. Confirm Testing’s PCR / Swab testing service and Fit to Fly certificates will provide your current COVID-19 status and get you safely flying again while conforming to destination-specific travel restrictions.
Confirm Testing provide PCR / Swab test delivered to your door and processed by a UKAS-accredited provider of testing services; results in 48 hours; a certificate for travel (for negative test results) proving ISO 15189 Accreditation; and peace of mind if you are returning from a COVID-19 hotspot.
Other PCR Testing Facilities in the UK
Please note: the below is for information purposes only and to help identify locations for PCR testing – types of testing may vary per clinic. We always recommend that you follow FCDO guidance for the destination you are travelling to and consult with each clinic before booking your test to ensure suitability for your personal travel requirements.
Disclaimer: Please note that Barrhead & Brilliant Travel cannot guarantee, nor is it responsible for the quality of the service and the delivery of results, at the test centres listed in this document. We always recommend you consult with your GP or a pharmacist if you have any health-related concerns ahead of travelling abroad.
You should also always consult the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office website for entry requirements and health information.