COVID-19 Testing for Travel Purposes

Taking a PCR swab


As travel begins to open up, you are probably looking for ways to travel safely and avoid quarantine on arrival in the countries that require this.

Multiple airlines and airports now require a PCR swab test result before boarding and to avoid quarantine on arrival.  This blog post will help you understand the process, dispel any myths about the COVID-19 swab test and hopefully help get you on your way to your destination.

Countries such as Austria, Czech Republic, Serbia and others now require a certificate signed and stamped by a medical professional confirming the absence of a COVID-19 active infection.

The IATA has added PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing to its list of measures to restart the aviation industry and get passengers travelling safely again. South Korea have made COVID19 testing a requirement before departure or after arrival already. There are of course downsides to all testing measures including delays on arrival or before departure but currently, testing a few days before departure seems to be the way things are going for the majority of airlines implementing testing as part of their pre-boarding measures.

What does a PCR swab test for COVID-19 test for?

The swab test is the only test available that can exclude an active infection.

How do you conduct the COVID-19 swab test?

A swab is taken of the back of your throat and each nostril. This technique is far more comfortable than pushing the swab far up your nose in the rear cavity.

How long does it take to get the results?

Your result will be available the next day by 8 pm. You will receive your result by email and can also come in to collect a stamped version. We work over the weekend processing results too.

If you need your result by the next morning, choose our premium service.

What is the cost of the PCR swab test and do I have to pay in advance?

The cost is £135 including any certificates required with results the next day by 8 pm.  You don’t need to pay in advance and there are no charges for cancellation but we would appreciate 24-hours’ notice if you need to move or cancel your appointment with us.

If you need our premium service (result by 8 am the next morning), the cost is £245. You’ll need to have your test before 10 am the day before.

When should I test?

Every destination has a different regulation. Therefore you must speak to your airline or seek advice from the relevant government website and book your test accordingly. Our team is here to help you have your test safely and deliver the results. We cannot advise you on the right time to test based on your destination so please speak to your airline.

How do I book?

Just go to our online booking page and choose “A1: Coronavirus PCR swab in clinic” or call us if you need further help.

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Alya Shakir

Alya Shakir

Alya has been responsible for the growth of the clinics, overseeing their expansion and development and creating policies and procedures to ensure optimum patient care and experience. Alya is the registered manager with the Care Quality Commission.

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