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How to book the PCR test for my Travel

After Covid-19, the protocol for traveling abroad is different, and PCR testing has become one of the prerequisites before your travelling commences. Now, you are required to get your COVID-19 testing done beforehand while planning for your travel, and that somewhere affects your budget as well. But you need not to worry, since we at Southall Travel have teamed up with two of the most reliable and experienced Coronavirus testing providers in UK, ExpressTest and Randox Laboratories to ease up your Covid-testing process.

When you book your travel with us, you get a complete guidance from the testing experts.With ExpressTest you canbook your slot which offers gold standard PCR testing across the UK from £57, while Randox Health provides a home sample collection PCR testing kit at a fantastic price starting from just £43.

ExpressTest

ExpressTest is a DHSC (Department of Health & Social Care) listed private provider of COVID-19 screening services across the UK.

Walk-in PCR testing at Test Centres across UK starting from £57 Discount Code SOUTHALL21

Book Your Test

ExpressTest Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can go to the 'Book a Test' page and book and pay for your preferred testing centre and time. A confirmation email will be sent to you within 30 minutes of your booking with a QR code.

    It is required for you to bring a copy of the QR code on the day of your test. And please make sure to carry a copy of your valid passport with you in case you need a Fit to Fly certificate or have booked a Test to Release test.

    You can book a test here.

  • You will find ExpressTest centres at London Heathrow, Birmingham, London Gatwick and Edinburgh airports as well as Regional Health Centres across the United Kingdom. Check the 'Testing centres' page to find the nearest centre.

  • The Fit to Fly certificate is an evidence that confirms your fitness to travel. This medical certificate is signed by an NHS trained UK General Medical Council (GMC) doctor and is issued to you if you test negative for Covid-19 from ExpressTest. Please make sure to bring your passport and travel booking reference to your appointment.

    The certificate will include your personal details (name, date of birth, passport number), the time and date your sample was collected, the date your sample was tested, your result and a signatory confirmation from ExpressTest..

    The Fit to Fly certificate will be emailed, along with your test result, to your email address provided.

    International travellers using other modes of transportation including ship, car, and train can also use this certificate.

  • You are eligible to amend your booking only if it is more than 72 hours ahead. Please visit our Booking Amendment page.

  • You need to bring a copy of your booking email with the QR code and your airline booking reference.

    And in case you have booked a test with a Fit to Fly certificate or a Test to Release, you must bring a valid passport or national ID card for authentication.

Randox Health

Randox Health is one of the most reliable Coronavirus testing providers, that provides clinical diagnostic solutions across over 145 countries.

Home Sample Collection Kit for PCR testing starting from £43 Discount Code SOUTH21

Book Your Kit

Randox Health Frequently Asked Questions

  • Click the link below to order the Randox Health testing kit that will include a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test.

    Kindly visit the Randox Health website to order the tests as per your requirement using the links below:

    • Self-administered PCR test: Click here and use the discount code SOUTH21 to get it for £43.
    • GREEN TRAVEL Destination PCR Tests: Click here and use the discount code SOUTH21 to get it for £86.
    • COMPLETE TRIP, ALGARVE ONLY PCR Tests: Click here and use the discount code SOUTH21 to get it for £129 (applicable whilst Portugal is on the green list).
    • Day 8 Amber destination singular test: Click here and use the discount code SOUTH21 to get it £43, (This can be used for customers who have purchased complete trip Algarve only package and return to the UK when Portugal moves from GREEN to AMBER, please select Day 8 from the drop down box).
    • DAY 2 and DAY 8 tests: Click here and use the discount code SOUTH21 to get it for £86.
    • AMBER TRAVEL Destination PCR Tests: Click here and use the discount code SOUTH21 to get it for £129.
    • DAY 5 TEST TO RELEASE PCR TEST: Click here and use the discount code SOUTH21 to get it for £43.
  • The kits are sent via next day delivery in case the order is placed before mid-day, from Monday to Friday. We would request you to order as early as possible for timely delivery, for; the kits are known to take at least 2 days to arrive.

    In case you order the day 2 and day 8 test kit, you'll receive each kit separately a day prior to your test date i.e. on day 1 and day 7 as per the government regulations.

  • Each Randox Health Testing Kit comprises everything required for a Covid-19 test for one person:

    1. Swab
    2. Collection tube, for the sample taken on the swab
    3. Pathoseal bag, for the collection tube
    4. Envelope to post the sample back
    5. Labels with your unique reference number
    6. Full instructions on how to complete the test
    7. Instructions on how to send your test off to the lab

    All the tests have been listed by the UK Government and the PCR tests are analysed in established laboratories to deliver gold standard Covid-19 results.

  • The sample(s) can be sent back through DX services. You can click here to check your closest DX Depo/DX MBE location, open from Monday – Friday. Kindly check your closest DX Depo/DX MBE location opening hours before returning the sample since there might be a change in the closing times for different locations.

    To know about the Randox Drop Box Locations, click here. Again, there might be change in the closing times of Drop Box for different sites, so make sure to check the opening hours of your closest location before returning the sample.

  • We recommend ordering your kit no more than 30 days before your return date, to allow for any changes in government legislation.

What is a PCR test?

A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is an antigen test which is performed to detect the genetic material (DNA/RNA) of a virus' through a throat and nasal swab. This test is most accurate and is considered the "gold standard" test for diagnosing COVID-19 because of reliability.

Getting tested before your travel

There's no denying that you need a Covid-19 test before travelling, however, it completely depends on the destination where you're flying to, since there are a few destinations that do not require these reports. Each country has its own entry protocol, so you need to check the specific requirements of your country in advance. Moreover, each country has its own rules on whether a negative test report is required for children or not. For further details about the specific requirements of your destination, check the Foreign Travel Advice website (and do keep checking regularly, for, the requirements can be changed at short notice).

Also, please check with your airline if they are accepting home PCR tests because there are a few airlines that ask for a test taken in a clinical setting.

Getting tested for your return journey home

The British Government is about to release a new traffic light system for arrivals into England, which will include additional tests to be taken. Keep up-to-date with the latest GOV.UK travel advice.

GREEN LIST' COUNTRIES

You will need to take a pre-outbound test in your destination before your return to the UK. You will also need to take a PCR test within 2 days of your arrival in the UK. There's no need of you to be quarantined if your test results are negative.

AMBER LIST' COUNTRIES

You will need to take a pre-outbound test in your destination before your return to the UK. It is required for you to be quarantined at home for 10 days after your return to the UK. You will also need to take two PCR tests - one within 2 days of your arrival in the UK and the second is 8 days after your arrival. You will have the option for a 'test to release' in order to release yourself from self-isolation on day 5 on receipt of a negative result.

RED LIST' COUNTRIES

You will need to take a pre-outbound test in your destination before your return to the UK. On your return to the UK, you will be subject to restrictions which will include a 10-day quarantine in a managed hotel. You will also need to take two PCR tests - one within 2 days of your arrival in the UK and the second is 8 days after your arrival.

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