Need to travel abroad but worried about your COVID-19 status? You might probably know that many destinations now require a fit to fly certificate. We hope this blog post helps you understand this new requirement and how to make sure you have got the right testing and certificate.
COVID-19 travel regulations
The COVID-19 pandemic situation is constantly changing within the UK and overseas. If you have any plans to travel abroad this year, it’s essential to keep up to date with the latest travel information on the government website to make sure the country you wish to travel to is accepting travellers.
Various measures are in place across the globe, meaning the destination you are travelling into may require you to self-isolate upon arrival or enter a lockdown during your stay. Check the government’s foreign travel advice for more information.
What is a COVID-19 fit for travel certificate?
Several countries may expect you to provide a recent COVID-19 test result in the form of a travel certificate. Without such a certificate, you may not be allowed entry. A COVID-19 travel certificate is an official document that provides the results of a recent COVID-19 swab test, also called a COVID-19 PCR test. The test detects the presence of virus in your system at the present moment. These certificates help prevent the spread of COVID-19, by making sure that only travellers who are virus free, are accepted into the country. The information on which countries require proof upon entry can be found on foreign travel advice page.
When should I get tested?
You have to check with your airline as some destinations may require the sample to be taken 96 hours before departure, others 72 hours before and some require the report itself within 48 hours before arrival. Therefore it is very important to check with your airline before booking in your test.
Where can I get a fit for travel COVID-19 certificate?
COVID-19 testing for international travel is not currently provided by the NHS. You need to get this service privately. You can do this by calling Burwash Pharmacy on 01273 204 905 to order your Test Kit and you'll have access to a downloadable copy of your results as soon as they're ready which is normally up to 3 working days after sample processing begins. We recommend checking with your airline and destination country that our certificate is appropriate.
How much the fit to fly Covid test and certificate cost?
The fit to fly Covid test and certificate service only cost £125 from Burwash Pharmacy. You can order one from anywhere in the UK and we will post it to you.
How does home testing work?
The test involves taking a swab from the nostrils and back of the throat, which you will then need to send to a lab for analysis.
Once you've ordered your test from Burwash Pharmacy, you should:
Take the swab following instructions included in the box
Register your test with the lab via an online portal (full instructions included with test kit)
Post the test back to the lab using one of the Royal Mail’s Priority Post Boxes where possible.
The lab will analyse the sample and email you the result (usually takes between 24-48 hours).
Is the certificate cost included in the Test kit price?
Yes, you don’t need to pay extra for the certificate. It will be issued without any extra cost and you will receive it by email directly from the Test Lab.
If your travel is for work purposes, you’ll need to organise a test through your employer.
What happens if I forget my COVID-19 travel certificate?
If you forget your COVID-19 travel certificate, you may not be allowed to travel at the airport. Hence it is important to ensure you have all documents required to enter the country you wish to travel to.
Other travel advice
You may also consider these things before you travel:
In order to keep up to date with the latest updates, sign up for email notifications from the government’s travel advice page .
Make sure you have enough face masks, as wearing masks are now mandatory in most places.
Keep yourself up to date with the safer air travel guidance for passengers before you leave to know what to expect at the airport.
Purchase travel insurance to cover unexpected situations.
It’s crucial to look after your mental wellbeing during this time. Keep in touch with friends and family throughout your travel, particularly if you need to self-isolate upon arrival or during your stay.
We recommend the COVID-19 pages on the NHS website for more up to date information.
Call Burwash pharmacy from anywhere in the UK on 01273 204 905 to order your test kit from the comfort of your home and get it delivered to you.