We offer a wide variety of coronavirus testing and certificates for travel and we would like to answer our most frequently asked questions into a quick guide for you!
Read on to know the difference between a Fit-To-Fly and Fit-to-Travel certificate, the difference between a 1-hour test and 24-hour test, and what test is most suitable for you.
There are different tests available, which should I choose?
1-hour RT PCR coronavirus test £299 - This swab test is administered in-house by a professional with no need to send to a laboratory, suitable for those who need quick reassurance of their health before seeing relatives or travelling abroad. This test is recommended by Heathrow Airport and includes a Fit-To-Travel Certificate.
24-hour PCR-RT coronavirus test £185 - This nose and throat swab is collected and undertaken in the car by the patient, and sent off to the laboratory. This test is UKAS certified, which some flights may require.
20-minute Antibody test £85 - This is a finger prick test performed in-house. This test determines whether you have been potentially exposed and had an immune response to the virus more than 2 weeks ago, and is not testing for the live virus.
24-hour Antibody test £120 - This is a blood test performed by a healthcare professional and sent off to a laboratory for results. This determines whether you have been potentially exposed and had an immune response to the virus more than 2 weeks ago, and is not testing for the live virus. This test is UKAS certified.
Do I need a Fit-To-Fly or Fit-To-Travel certificate?
Several airlines require passengers to produce evidence of a recent negative COVID-19 test before flying.
A Fit-To-Travel certificate is proof that you have tested negative, however is not related to your risk of flying due to your pre-existing medical conditions.
A Fit-To-Fly certificate is proof that a GP has deemed it is safe for you to fly, assessing your pre-existing medical conditions and believing they will not be adversely affected by flying.
COVID-19 tests are not available on the NHS for the purpose of international travel, a private test in this instance must be carried out.
Most airlines are requiring the latter "fit to fly" certificates for travelling abroad, but you should check with your airline and the country you are going to.
Does x country require a fit to fly certificate?
You should contact your airline or check the government website for more specific information regarding the country you are traveling to.
To book your coronavirus test with our practice, click here.