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Covid test for flying to uk

Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:06pm
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Carole60

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Hi all

Apologies if this has already been asked 

Please can anyone confirm the ACTUAL TEST required to fly from Alicante to U.K. and WHERE near playa flamenca will do it?? Preferably someone who has done it very recently. Asking for a friend.

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Posted: Thu Apr 1, 2021 12:43am

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Posted: Thu Apr 1, 2021 12:43am

Carole60 wrote on Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:06pm:

Hi all

Apologies if this has already been asked 

Please can anyone confirm the ACTUAL TEST required to fly from Alicante to U.K. and WHERE near playa flamenca will do it?? Preferably someone who has done it very recently. Asking for a friend.

TIA  

Hi Carole

It has, many times recently 😄😄. No worries. An Antigen test is acceptable. Generally around €40. You might try IMED hospitals (I had mine there a few weeks ago) if there’s one close by. Failing that, I’d give any private hospital or clinic a ring, or Google for the website; many are in English or again, use Google translate

I’m sure that I’ve also heard that certain pharmacies also undertake testing. I’m sure your friend will easily get sorted 🤪🥂

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Posted: Thu Apr 1, 2021 9:23am

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Posted: Thu Apr 1, 2021 9:23am

Angebadge wrote on Thu Apr 1, 2021 12:43am:

Hi Carole

It has, many times recently 😄😄. No worries. An Antigen test is acceptable. Generally around €40. You might try IMED hospitals (I had mine there a few weeks ago) if there’s one close by. Failing that, I’d give any private hospital or clinic a ring, or Google for the website; many are i...

...n English or again, use Google translate

I’m sure that I’ve also heard that certain pharmacies also undertake testing. I’m sure your friend will easily get sorted 🤪🥂

🙈😬  sorry 😂😂

Thankyou for your help👌

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Posted: Thu Apr 1, 2021 5:21pm

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Posted: Thu Apr 1, 2021 5:21pm

Carole60 wrote on Thu Apr 1, 2021 9:23am:

🙈😬  sorry 😂😂

Thankyou for your help👌

Hi Ange

Would you mind confirming if you had your antigen test on the day of travel please? 

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Posted: Thu Apr 1, 2021 5:34pm

Carole60 wrote on Thu Apr 1, 2021 5:21pm:

Hi Ange

Would you mind confirming if you had your antigen test on the day of travel please? 

Hi Carole

I had my test on Wednesday, ready to fly Saturday as I wasn’t sure of the turnaround What I will say is I had my results within 10 minutes; emailed

Could I suggest you check when contacting clinic/ hospital/ pharmacy what their turnaround is, prior to booking. I say this as I’ve heard it’s taken longer in some cases 🤪🥂

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Angebadge wrote on Thu Apr 1, 2021 5:34pm:

Hi Carole

I had my test on Wednesday, ready to fly Saturday as I wasn’t sure of the turnaround What I will say is I had my results within 10 minutes; emailed

Could I suggest you check when contacting clinic/ hospital/ pharmacy what their turnaround is, prior to booking. I say this as I’ve heard it’s taken longer in some cases 🤪🥂

Thanks Ange. No wonder there’s so much confusion over these tests. I’ve been told today the antigen test has to be on the flight day as they only cover for a matter of hours!!! 

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Posted: Thu Apr 1, 2021 5:49pm

Carole60 wrote on Thu Apr 1, 2021 5:43pm:

Thanks Ange. No wonder there’s so much confusion over these tests. I’ve been told today the antigen test has to be on the flight day as they only cover for a matter of hours!!! 

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Full document and extract. 🤪🥂

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england

Test providers and type of test

You will need to find a test provider. You must make sure that the test provider can meet the standards for pre-departure testing.

The test must meet performance standards of ≥97% specificity, ≥80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml.

This could include tests such as:

  • a nucleic acid test, including a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or derivative technologies, including loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) tests
  • an antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device

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Posted: Thu Apr 8, 2021 1:20am

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Posted: Thu Apr 8, 2021 1:20am

A quick update for anyone travelling back to uk

The antigen test was taken at IMED (thanks Ange)Torrevieja 2 days before flight (still unsure why Quiron hospital advised it be taken on day of travel??) also for the record the pharmacy on la zenia roundabout does the tests too 

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Posted: Thu Apr 8, 2021 1:24am

Carole60 wrote on Thu Apr 8, 2021 1:20am:

A quick update for anyone travelling back to uk

The antigen test was taken at IMED (thanks Ange)Torrevieja 2 days before flight (still unsure why Quiron hospital advised it be taken on day of travel??) also for the record the pharmacy on la zenia roundabout does the tests too 

Hey Carole

Glad you’re back safe and sound. You’ll be on with your day 2 and 8 tests now I’ll guess 🤞

Are you feeling the cold? I don’t think I’ve been warm since I got back 🥶🥶🤪🥂

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Posted: Thu Apr 8, 2021 11:16am

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Posted: Thu Apr 8, 2021 11:16am

Angebadge wrote on Thu Apr 8, 2021 1:24am:

Hey Carole

Glad you’re back safe and sound. You’ll be on with your day 2 and 8 tests now I’ll guess 🤞

Are you feeling the cold? I don’t think I’ve been warm since I got back 🥶🥶🤪🥂

Morning 

Wasn’t actually me going back to U.K. I’m happy to say so still in Spain enjoying the warmer weather😎

Nice of you to say though and yes my friend arranged the day 2 & 8 tests required to travel at a cost of £210!!! Why it needs to be that expensive I don’t know but.....

Carole

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