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Fit to Fly test recommendations

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saltedcaramelanything · 17/08/2021 22:13

Feels a bit of a minefield with all the different companies. Has anyone used one that they would recommend - not expensive/timely results?

We'll need it ones before flying to the US and then on our return (unless rules change again before end of Sept!)

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saltedcaramelanything · 18/08/2021 10:26

Hopeful bump

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Paq · 18/08/2021 22:02

My friend recommended Boots. You book online and then nominate your nearest branch.

When are you going to the US? Is travel between UK and US still restricted?

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saltedcaramelanything · 18/08/2021 22:09

@Paq Oh I didn't realise Boots was doing them. I'd feel safer doing it through someplace like that

I'm a US citizen (in the UK), so I'm able to - regular tourists still aren't allowed in from the UK or most of Europe

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PandoraP · 18/08/2021 22:10

We flew today and did the test at Heathrow before flight. Quick and easy!!

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saltedcaramelanything · 18/08/2021 22:12

Could I ask how much it was there @PandoraP

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lurker101 · 18/08/2021 22:13

We used express test in person testing at Heathrow. Longest wait for PCR was about 16hrs (Sunday evening to bank hol Monday morning) and shortest was 11hrs. Great service - £59 for fit to fly

www.expresstest.co.uk/

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Paq · 18/08/2021 22:13

Ah, I'm glad for you. I was hoping to get to America to see my sister in October for her significant birthday but it's looking unlikely 🙁

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SoTiredNeedHoliday · 18/08/2021 22:20

money saving expert link to the covid tests available:
Cheapest private covid travel tests

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PandoraP · 18/08/2021 22:27

@saltedcaramelanything, we paid £35 for a test for DS2. The rest of us didn’t need a test.

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saltedcaramelanything · 19/08/2021 08:46

Thanks @Paq - can't believe it's been 2yrs since I've seen my family now.

@lurker101 If it's 11-16hrs for a result did you have to go the day before your flight to do it?

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lurker101 · 19/08/2021 08:50

@saltedcaramelanything we went two days before because the results are “guaranteed” by 10pm the next day I.e. a test today would expect results by 10pm Friday. But our experience was significantly quicker results (as have a few friends who have done it).

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SoupDragon · 19/08/2021 08:55

I used ExpressTest. Not cheap but it was conveniently located in my nearest shopping centre. Very efficient with results in under 24 hours.

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PandoraP · 19/08/2021 09:18

@saltedcaramelanything, just to add that if you book your test at Heathrow the result is within 15-20 mins. We went through to departure and you just need the result before you board.

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