If you have travel plans then taking steps to ensure you will not face difficulties with entry and exit due to any Coronavirus precautions in place needs to be right up there on your travel priority list.
Each individual country and their airlines have their own restrictions when it comes to travel during the Coronavirus pandemic. By taking a COVID-19 PCR Test you can ensure that you are virus-free and have evidence from a medical professional to prove that this is the case.
Not only will taking a PCR swab test give your peace of mind, but it will also help you overcome any potential travel restrictions which are constantly changing during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic situation.
What is a PCR swab test?
A PCR test is the most accurate way of testing for the presence of the Coronavirus in an individual. Features of the test include:
- Can detect early and onset infection with the most accuracy
- Directly detects the presence of the virus’ genetic material (RNA)
- Taken via a nasopharyngeal (nose/throat) swab
- Results usually available within 48 hours but can be as little as 12 hours
A PCR swab test would typically be taken when someone suspects they have Covid-19, or if they believe they have been recently exposed to it. The test can however detect Covid-19 even if you are displaying no symptoms so is particularly useful in the case of those looking to fly.
How will a PCR test be beneficial to those hoping to fly?A flight inevitably involves a large number of people in a confined area for a period of time - almost the perfect conditions for the spread of airborne virus. Some people may be asymptomatic carriers of the disease and therefore unaware that they actually have it before they travel.
Since some airlines are now insisting on a test for all passengers in order to reduce transmission during flights, getting this arranged before you travel can minimise the risk for all passengers and smooth your way through the travel process.
Not only will a Covid PCR test give you peace of mind in knowing that you are not carrying coronavirus without symptoms, but you will have your coronavirus fit to fly certificate that may help you fulfil your destination country’s requirements.
How can Ghosh Medical Group help you with a flight certificate?
We can make the task of getting you and your family tested and provide you with written evidence that you are virus-free. Visit us at our Liverpool or Wirral clinics and we will carry out your PCR tests and get your results processed as quickly as possible.
We will make the whole process for you as easy as possible. In the comfortable surroundings of our clinic, we will carry out your PCR swab test. This should not be painful although you will feel some discomfort. We can help put all your family members at ease. Tests carried out at our clinic are sent to the lab the same day and results are normally processed within 48 hours but can be within 12 hours.
We would suggest that you visit us for your PCR swab test around 5 days from your date of travel, although we would recommend that you check with your airline the timeframe for when the test needs to be done before the flight as these can vary from country to country. Since test results can take up to 72 hours, we would need sufficient time to provide you with the certification that you may need for travel.
How will a Covid-19 travel certificate help?
Restrictions on international travel vary from country to country, with many requiring a medical certificate as proof of a negative test result for Covid-19. Being in possession of this can help air passengers in some instances gain entry to the country without needing to undergo a period of quarantine.
Even if you are travelling to a country that does not require any proof that you are Covid-19-free, taking a test can give you and your family extra peace of mind that you are safe to travel and are not a risk to other passengers.
Traveling to the Canary Islands, Hong Kong, or Italy?
We now offer Roche Antigen testing for COVID-19. The Roche Antigen test returns results within 30 minutes and is approved for testing for travel to the following regions:
- Canary Islands (Spain)
- Hong Kong
The test involves a professionally administered swab taken from the nasal cavity and processed onsite at Ghosh Medical Group.
We also offer travel-safe flight certificate testing, which includes our same day* express test – RT-PCR. It is UKAS and CQC accredited and fully approved by ALL airlines.
* RT-PCR same day result appointments must be booked before 4pm.
Test to Release for International Travel
We are an approved private test provider on the test to release scheme. On your arrival to England, you must self-isolate for 10 days, unless you participate in the scheme where you can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test. If the result is negative, you can stop self-isolating.
The earliest you can take the test is 5 full days after you left a place not on the travel corridor list.
Please see the official guidance for more information. To take part in the scheme, you will be asked to enter details of your test in the passenger locator form. You must do this to take part in the scheme and you should book your test before you travel to England.
Please note that restrictions will be put in place from 4am on Saturday 9th January for international arrivals from the following countries: South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Eswatini, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Mozambique, Angola, Mauritius and Seychelles.
International arrivals who arrive in England after 4am on Saturday 9th January who have been in or transited through these countries in the previous 10 days will not be able to shorten their self-isolation period through Test to Release.
From 4am 18/01/2021 all travel corridors are closed. You must have proof of a negative Covid-19 test within the previous 72 hours of your arrival in the UK and you must then self-isolate for 10 days, unless you particpate in test to release.
Checker assumes travel is from an English airport. Rules vary for other nations of the United Kingdom. Data correct as of 11/01/2021 at 16:00.
If ever unsure, please refer to official guidance.
FAQs about Covid-19 fit to fly tests for air passengers
What does the PCR swab test involve?
PCR swab testing involves taking a sample from the nose and throat using a long swab. The procedure should not be painful but can be uncomfortable. The sample will be tested to show whether there is an active covid-19 infection.
How soon from my flight should I take my PCR swab test?
The period of time from your flight and when you should take your test will depend on your particular airline and their rules so check with them first. Test results can take up to 48 hours (but can be as little as 12 hours) to come back from the lab, so you need to allow sufficient time for that and for any certification about your eligibility to fly to be prepared for you.
Do I need to take a test even if I have no symptoms?
Covid-19 is a virus that some people can carry without displaying any symptoms - they are what is known as ‘asymptomatic’. This being without symptoms is more common among young people, but does affect older adults, and is one of the very reasons that tests before flying make sense.
Can PCR swabs tests be carried out on children?
Taking swabs from children can be difficult because the procedure can be intrusive and requires them to sit still. For this reason we do not carry out Covid-19 swab test on children under the age of 5. We are used to dealing with children so are able to put them at ease during any procedure at our clinic.
Can I do my coronavirus test myself at home?
While it is possible to purchase home testing kits, at Ghosh Medical Group, we want you to have the confidence that the results of your test are accurate and that any certificate we issue relates to the correct individual. This is why we carry out all covid-19 tests personally via one of our CQC registered healthcare professionals who will take your sample before it is sent off for analysis.
What do I do if my covid-19 PCR test is negative?
A negative test means that you were not infected with coronavirus when you took the test, so you will be able to stick to your travel plans. Be sure to take your fit to fly certificate with you to smooth your entry into certain countries and avoid the need to quarantine..
What do I do if my coronavirus test is positive?
If the results of your covid test are positive then you and your household should isolate and all the people that you have been in contact with up to 2 days before you developed symptoms should be contacted, so that these people can be aware and tested themselves if they show symptoms of Covid-19. You will need to cancel your travel plans.
What if I feel unable to have a throat/nose swab taken as part of a PCR test?
A throat and nose swab test will measure active levels of coronavirus in the body and is the only private covid-19 test that we offer which will tell whether you are still infected and infective. Other types of tests including the rapid antibody test and lab based antibody test involve blood samples and are only able to detect a previous coronavirus infection. For Covid-19 travel test certificates the requirement is a negative PCR swab test.
How do I know if my destination requires me to undertake a Covid-19 test before flying?
The situation with Covid-19 is a rapidly changing one and the rules imposed by airlines and countries vary and can quickly change. We recommend that you ask your airline for specific advice and check the advice provided by the Foreign Office for your destination.
What should I do if I start to display covid-19 symptoms before travel?
If you have symptoms of Covid-19 then you should not travel. Some airlines carry out temperate and other checks on people before they travel so it is possible that you would be detected at this point. Airlines are within their rights to refuse to allow anyone to travel if they suspect they have symptoms such as a high temperature or a persistent new cough.
COVID-19 PCR Testing Online Booking
You can now book your test online via the following link:
Should a convenient time not be available please contact a member of the team.
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