UK Government advises PCR test when travelling to England from Spain and it's islands (4 Aug 2021) - Coronavirus discussion in Rojales: Covid-19 news and updates - Rojales forum - Costa Blanca forum in the Alicante province of Spain
ASSSA Insurance
PC Services
interior building work
AA Free English TV
DC Property Management Rental Sales and Legal Car Hire
Gran Alacant Insurances
South East Costa Removals
Harmony FM
Advisors Costa Blanca
Torrevieja Property Services
Jennifer Cunningham Insurances SL
FixingTime
Expat Services
Global Radio 1
Just One Small Step - Counselling

UK Government advises PCR test when travelling to England from Spain and it's islands (4 Aug 2021)

AlexPosted by Alex on Thu Aug 5, 2021 4:54pm in Coronavirus discussion
53 replies3758 views12 members subscribed

UK advises PCR test when travelling to England from Spain and it's islands:

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

The key word is "advised" - other types of tests may be acceptable but you must always check the latest information on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england#type-of-test

"Travel from Spain and its islands - if you are travelling to England from Spain, including the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands (Formentera, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca), you are advised to take a PCR type test before travel.

You must make sure that the test provider you choose 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"

Article continues below


Written by

Alex

Alex

Admin

Super helpful member

Posts: 5328

1494 helpful points

Location: Rojales

Joined: 16 Jan 2015


Got computer or phone problems? I can try to help you. Visit NeedHelpWithMyComputer.com

Hew

Posted: Thu Aug 5, 2021 10:21pm

Hew

Helpful member

Posts: 72

57 helpful points

Location: La Zenia

Joined: 13 Jul 2016

Posted: Thu Aug 5, 2021 10:21pm

That is correct, and the important word is advised, it is not mandatory to have a PCR test pre entry to the UK. The basic and less expensive test is acceptable. But you need a day 2 PCR test pre booked. When you complete your forms for entry to the UK they ask for the Pre booked PCR test reference number. 

Mints

Posted: Fri Aug 6, 2021 9:50am

Posts: 31

27 helpful points

Location: Benissa

Joined: 11 May 2021

Posted: Fri Aug 6, 2021 9:50am

Hew wrote on Thu Aug 5, 2021 10:21pm:

That is correct, and the important word is advised, it is not mandatory to have a PCR test pre entry to the UK. The basic and less expensive test is acceptable. But you need a day 2 PCR test pre booked. When you complete your forms for entry to the UK they ask for the Pre booked PCR test referenc...

...e number. 

It would be reassuring to know if the antigen test is acceptable. If anyone flies to the U.K. maybe they could update the forum. My daughters are flying out on 11th and I don’t really want to pay for PCR if antigen ok. I know the guidance says ‘advised’ so assume it is just that but you never know! Tha k

John 52

Posted: Fri Aug 6, 2021 4:13pm

John 52

Very helpful member

Posts: 503

549 helpful points

Location: La Marina

Joined: 23 Apr 2020

Posted: Fri Aug 6, 2021 4:13pm

Mints wrote on Fri Aug 6, 2021 9:50am:

It would be reassuring to know if the antigen test is acceptable. If anyone flies to the U.K. maybe they could update the forum. My daughters are flying out on 11th and I don’t really want to pay for PCR if antigen ok. I know the guidance says ‘advised’ so assume it is just that but you nev...

...er know! Tha k

UK government with the dunces caps advises in favour of the more expensive PCR test ,now theres a surprise ,they can stick their PCR tests where the sun dont shine ,they have been absolutely useless.through the whole thing  ,I've booked the cheaper test for returning next week and will continue to pay as little as possible to travel and to hell with the government and their greedy testing provider mates

Grannyrose

Posted: Sat Aug 7, 2021 11:14am

Grannyrose

Super helpful member

Posts: 832

1032 helpful points

Location: Torrevieja

Joined: 5 Dec 2017

Posted: Sat Aug 7, 2021 11:14am

John 52 wrote on Fri Aug 6, 2021 4:13pm:

UK government with the dunces caps advises in favour of the more expensive PCR test ,now theres a surprise ,they can stick their PCR tests where the sun dont shine ,they have been absolutely useless.through the whole thing  ,I've booked the cheaper test for returning next week and will conti...

...nue to pay as little as possible to travel and to hell with the government and their greedy testing provider mates

You may do as you choose but allow me to remind you that any of us can catch Covid and have no way of knowing where they caught it. The PCR  is more expensive but provides a definitive result. The Antigen isn’t just as definitive as it. Would you not prefer to be sitting on a flight knowing that everyone on board was covid free? You have a choice of who you mix with in normal life but sitting in a large enclosed vehicle is another story. You will find that a PCR test will be the test required. we are all “advised” not to travel but people like you and myself want to visit our Spanish homes and decide to ignore the advice given. That being the case, we are now obliged to take tests in order to gain entry into our country of residence so as to keep ourselves free from covid and our fellow man. The bottom line is, we have to dig into our pockets and pay for our decision to travel. We travelled to our house  at the beginning of July and returned home 2 weeks ago. It was worth every penny spent to do what we both really had our hearts set on. We loved every minute of the time spent in Spain. 

John 52

Posted: Sat Aug 7, 2021 1:21pm

John 52

Very helpful member

Posts: 503

549 helpful points

Location: La Marina

Joined: 23 Apr 2020

Posted: Sat Aug 7, 2021 1:21pm

Grannyrose wrote on Sat Aug 7, 2021 11:14am:

You may do as you choose but allow me to remind you that any of us can catch Covid and have no way of knowing where they caught it. The PCR  is more expensive but provides a definitive result. The Antigen isn’t just as definitive as it. Would you not prefer to be sitting on a flight knowin...

...g that everyone on board was covid free? You have a choice of who you mix with in normal life but sitting in a large enclosed vehicle is another story. You will find that a PCR test will be the test required. we are all “advised” not to travel but people like you and myself want to visit our Spanish homes and decide to ignore the advice given. That being the case, we are now obliged to take tests in order to gain entry into our country of residence so as to keep ourselves free from covid and our fellow man. The bottom line is, we have to dig into our pockets and pay for our decision to travel. We travelled to our house  at the beginning of July and returned home 2 weeks ago. It was worth every penny spent to do what we both really had our hearts set on. We loved every minute of the time spent in Spain. 

Well Grannyrose  I'm glad you enjoyed your time in Spain  ,I have to question whether you are an expert on covid ,I'm sick to the back teeth of so called experts telling people what they should and shouldn't do ,you can call me a sceptic ,but  some of the decisions made by this government  are unbelievable  ,what about the £500 increase on the already ripoff quarantine  hotels ,Grannyrose  as always I will make my own decisions  where possible.and will not be guided by clowns and thieves

Campoverde53

Posted: Sun Aug 8, 2021 9:20am

Posts: 46

27 helpful points

Joined: 16 Jul 2016

Posted: Sun Aug 8, 2021 9:20am

I do think the tests that you have to purchase are ridiculous and cannot understand why we cannot use the free tests that are available in the UK.  Having just returned from Spain and pre ordered Day 2 test to do at home it arrived a week later, unsure whether to do the test or not I did and sent back but was not contacted at all about doing the Day 2 test later than advised and it was beyond my control that the test arrived late.

John 52

Posted: Sun Aug 8, 2021 10:11am

John 52

Very helpful member

Posts: 503

549 helpful points

Location: La Marina

Joined: 23 Apr 2020

Posted: Sun Aug 8, 2021 10:11am

Campoverde53 wrote on Sun Aug 8, 2021 9:20am:

I do think the tests that you have to purchase are ridiculous and cannot understand why we cannot use the free tests that are available in the UK.  Having just returned from Spain and pre ordered Day 2 test to do at home it arrived a week later, unsure whether to do the test or not I did and...

... sent back but was not contacted at all about doing the Day 2 test later than advised and it was beyond my control that the test arrived late.

I think you can only buy test and send it back on date  the rest is outwith your control ,we will do the test I think Friday when back ,il have done my bit the rest I couldn't care less

Gemily1

Posted: Sun Aug 8, 2021 2:03pm

Gemily1

Helpful member

Posts: 451

495 helpful points

Location: Torrevieja

Joined: 8 Nov 2019

Posted: Sun Aug 8, 2021 2:03pm

Campoverde53 wrote on Sun Aug 8, 2021 9:20am:

I do think the tests that you have to purchase are ridiculous and cannot understand why we cannot use the free tests that are available in the UK.  Having just returned from Spain and pre ordered Day 2 test to do at home it arrived a week later, unsure whether to do the test or not I did and...

... sent back but was not contacted at all about doing the Day 2 test later than advised and it was beyond my control that the test arrived late.

If that was me I would have taken a free test on the NHS, and asked my bank/ credit card company to do a recall on the money I paid for the test as the suppliers did not fulfill their contract with you.

mikepudney

Posted: Sun Aug 8, 2021 3:31pm

Posts: 15

37 helpful points

Joined: 2 May 2020

Posted: Sun Aug 8, 2021 3:31pm

Mints wrote on Fri Aug 6, 2021 9:50am:

It would be reassuring to know if the antigen test is acceptable. If anyone flies to the U.K. maybe they could update the forum. My daughters are flying out on 11th and I don’t really want to pay for PCR if antigen ok. I know the guidance says ‘advised’ so assume it is just that but you nev...

...er know! Tha k

Wife flew Ryanair Alicante - EMA  2nd Aug. Antigen test accepted.

Hope it helps.

Sign up for free or login to reply to this topic

Want to reply to this topic? Login or register for free to post your message:

Find more Coronavirus discussion topics from a particular area:


Register for free!

Login to your account

Expat Services
ASSSA Insurance
Jennifer Cunningham Insurances SL
Advisors Costa Blanca
Harmony FM
FixingTime
Gran Alacant Insurances
interior building work
PC Services
South East Costa Removals
AA Free English TV
Just One Small Step - Counselling
Torrevieja Property Services
DC Property Management Rental Sales and Legal Car Hire
Global Radio 1
Advertise your business here
Advertise your property
Help with my computer