COVID-19 testing for travel – making sense of the new regulations

November 1, 2021

With the latest changes in testing requirements for travel coming into effect on October 24, there has been much confusion over the new requirements, what tests should be used and when. Luckily, help is at hand with North East-based specialist testing provider Recovery4Life. Here, Lloyd van Konijnenburg, the organisation’s head of client relations, explains the new requirements and how to keep things simple.

As the world starts opening up for travel, the Government’s switch from PCR testing to lateral flow testing, for those returning to the UK, is a welcome change.

For those not familiar with the new testing schemes for international arrivals, below is a brief summary:

• Day two tests are required for travellers returning to the UK and lateral flow tests can be used and self- sampled at home. For fully vaccinated individuals arriving in England within the first two days after arrival, there is no requirement to take a day eight test.

• Day eight tests are required in addition to the lateral flow test if you are arriving in England from a non-red list country, and you have not been fully vaccinated.

• Day five testing is no longer required.

“This is great news for travellers, as it will make it quicker and cheaper to travel to non-red list countries without having to isolate on return,” says Lloyd van Konijnenburg, Recovery4Life’s head of client relations.

“However, there has been much confusion over what the new requirements are and concern over how tests are being advertised and priced – with some tests being advertised for as little as £1 but costing more than £60 at check-out.

“This is not fair, and we are committed to giving travellers a great service at a reasonable price.

“We are delighted to be able to offer these tests at £22.50 per test for day two lateral flow testing, and £85 for day eight PCR testing.

“Both can be purchased from www.recovery4life. – with £1 going to our 20/20 Fund, which supports good causes across the North East.”

The testing process is simple, and below is a brief chronological explanation.

• Travellers order their day two test kits before they arrive in England

• We email you a unique reference number (URN)

• We register your test kit with Public Health England

• We post your tests, with instructions on how to sample, and register the test

• You enter the URN into the passenger locator form

• Your test is waiting for you on your return

• You self-sample and take a picture of the test result alongside your photo ID

• You register your test online via our website
• We review the registration and issue a certificate • We inform Public Health England of your results

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