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Pre departure UK testing

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KristaK · 05/12/2021 16:54

I am just trying to work out what is required - don’t know if anyone has had any more luck?! Do they need to be administered by someone, can they be the private self-administered ones where you take a photo of it with your passport and they send a certificate? I can’t find any information and it is making my head melt a little bit?!? Thank you!!

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Helleofabore · 05/12/2021 18:46

Placemarking. OP I have this exact question. There seems to be little information out there to clarify this.

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Franklin12 · 05/12/2021 20:17

So which country are you travelling back from. I have done a video supervised test from Europe to get back to the UK using Qured. They see you doing it via a Zoom type call and then an hour later they send you a Fit to Fly certificate.

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Bellabelloo · 05/12/2021 20:23

We're going away this week and have booked Qured tests too. We used them loads in the summer and they were great.

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EasterIssland · 05/12/2021 20:32

For returning to the Uk you can use the self administered ones where you send the pic. For other countries someone has to do it on you.

I first used qured which someone guided me over a video call and the second time I used c19 as it was cheaper and nobody saw me doing it

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Nichebitch · 05/12/2021 20:36

Whatever you do, don’t book Collinsons tests. I got them done on Tuesday for results guaranteed within 36 hours - and still waiting.

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Helleofabore · 05/12/2021 20:58

Any advice for ferries to Calais for a day trip?

Self administered for both entry to France and back into UK?

Any experience with Bio Group?

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Cutelittlesquizzer · 05/12/2021 21:02

Im trying to make sense of it too. I thought it had to be done two days before returning to the uk. Then I re-read the info and thinknot can be done any time within the two days prior to journey. In which case I was thinking to get one done at the airport. But not 100% sure I have understood it properly. Can it be a rapid flow or does it have to be a per? God it’s a faff

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Cutelittlesquizzer · 05/12/2021 21:04

PCR not Per!

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Franklin12 · 05/12/2021 21:28

Cute. Are you talking about the Day 2 test you do once you have arrived in the UK or the one that allows you to get on the plane back to UK I.e fit to fly?

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KristaK · 05/12/2021 23:27

Hi we will be coming from Sweden. I used c19 after travel from France earlier this year and it was great - v simple and easy but not supervised. I would happily use them again but it’s not clear whether it needs to be supervised or not (unless I have missed something?) I wish it was all just clearer and didn’t keep changing :-(

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MisterT373 · 06/12/2021 23:12

I'm interested in this one too. I cant see how you can get another test with results when you aren't there long enough.

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KristaK · 06/12/2021 23:24

This reply has been deleted

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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abricotine · 06/12/2021 23:57

@KristaK thanks super helpful post!

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BBCONEANDTWO · 07/12/2021 07:23

Anyone got any further information.

Going to Canaries 17th Dec - 21st December.

What I can see is:

  1. No test prior to departure but passenger locator, vaccine passport required.


2. In resort - 2 days an LFT test required:

Does anyone know if you can order a test online prior to departure and take the LFT once in resort - if so - where would you order this test from.

3. Arrival in UK. PCR test required.

Do you have to go to a centre for this test or can you order a test and take it at home.


Regarding the above - I find it difficult to believe you can take a test kit with you and do it yourself in resort? How can you confirm that the test is indeed negative?
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Cutelittlesquizzer · 07/12/2021 09:15

Im still confused. Just started a new thread because I’d forgotten about this one.

I’ve worked out I can get a test locally sometime in the 2 days before flying home from germany. Before the outward flight i have to fill in a locator form and book a test for when I get back to the uk? Does this sound right or have I missed anything out?

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percythewitch · 07/12/2021 09:53

@Cutelittlesquizzer

You have to quarantine in the UK until you get the result of your day 2 test.

You can take the day 2 test anytime from when you arrive in the UK.

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Cutelittlesquizzer · 07/12/2021 16:55

Thanks Percy. Hopefully there won’t be any other things added to the mix to sort out before Christmas .

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percythewitch · 07/12/2021 17:07

@Cutelittlesquizzer I really hope so too!

4 adults, 2 children, travelling to the UK from two different EU countries.

What could possibly go wrong Grin

That's definitely rhetorical by the way

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KristaK · 07/12/2021 18:02

Hello - apologies I deleted my post as it was a bit outing - sorry! The guidance has been updated overnight - it’s as I was hoping:

When to take your test
You must take the test in the 2 days before your service to England departs.

For example, if you travel directly to England on Friday, you could take a test any time on the Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. The test result must be available for boarding.

If your journey to England is a multi-leg journey, you can take the test in the 2 days before the start of the first leg.

The tests can be self administered as long as they are private ones and they give you a certificate. It’s helpful for us as we can test before we leave and then if one of us was positive not travel (obv!) but at least I know we won’t get stuck abroad which is the main thing I care about.

Hope that is helpful!

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Bbub · 07/12/2021 22:47

@BBCONEANDTWO
From what I've read yes you can order the LFT before you leave and take it with you to do when you're away.

I don't understand this though, for the ones where no one is observing you, what's to stop you faking the test? Rather than risking getting a negative and not being allowed to board your plane home?

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Bbub · 07/12/2021 22:49

As for where to order from I found a list on the jet2 website. But not sure if the ones mentined on this thread are OK as well. Need to investigate...

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BBCONEANDTWO · 08/12/2021 07:54

Ordered from Randox. It was for the LFT to take in resort and the PCR on return - you self swab.

Got a discount code and it cost £64.50.

That's for both the tests. So you can take one in resort day 2 prior to departure and have to log it along with the serial number.

Then you have the PCR for day 2 when you return.

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BlackLambAndGreyFalcon · 08/12/2021 08:00

The pre-departure test can be ANY test that is not a NHS free test that meets the following requirements:

www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england#type-of-test

This means that you can either book with a UK private provider before you go and take the test with you or you can take a test locally in whatever country you are in as long as it meets the requirements above and the results notification is in English, French or Spanish.

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