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Travelling to the UK from France

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Yesididnamechange · 29/06/2021 20:59

Hi all!

I am travelling to the UK from France in august to visit my parents. I will need to do a PCR test on day 2 and day 8 after arrival.

My parents have official Covid tests at their home, which the pharmacies provide for free, that you can send off afterwards to register the results with the NHS. The tests are not specifically registered to a single person.

Does anyone know if I will be allowed to use these tests instead of booking an official day 2 and 8 self test? Or do I need to use specific providers?

Thanks in advance!

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Lalliebelle · 29/06/2021 21:03

It's my understanding that you have to use specific providers.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing

By then, you may not have to quarantine though!

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Horizons83 · 29/06/2021 21:04

Unfortunately you definitely need to use the specific providers, you must book the travel testing package before you travel and have evidence that you have done so, as the reference number is required on your passenger locator form.

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Yesididnamechange · 29/06/2021 21:05

Thank you so much @Lalliebelle and @Horizons83 that’s much clearer! Fingers crossed it won’t be necessary !

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astuz · 29/06/2021 21:07

If the ones your parents have are the free NHS lateral flow tests, then no, you won't be able to use them.

I think the day 2 and day 8 tests have to be PCR tests, and they have to be from a private provider, not anything provided free by the NHS.

I could be wrong though, hopefully someone more knowledgeable than me will reply soon.

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astuz · 29/06/2021 21:07

Sorry, cross-posted, other people beat me to it!

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Horizons83 · 29/06/2021 22:25

Just to confirm - unless the rules change again, even if France makes the green list you will still need to buy a Day 2 test from one of the approved providers.

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