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How to book the PCR test for my Travel

Travelling during the time of Coronavirus has seen a big change and PCR Tests before travelling has become the new normal. Now, before you start planning for a holiday, you need to keep this thing into consideration. But Away Holidays has come to your rescue with their tie-up with ExpressTest, one of the well-known Coronavirus testing providers of the UK, making it easy for you to get the testing done at your leisure, rightly as per the rules of your destination and the UK.

When you book your travel with us, you get a complete guidance from the testing experts.With ExpressTest you canbook your slot which offers gold standard PCR testing across the UK from £57, while Randox Health provides a home sample collection PCR testing kit at a fantastic price starting from just £43.

ExpressTest

ExpressTest is a DHSC (Department of Health & Social Care) listed private provider of COVID-19 screening services across the UK.

Walk-in PCR testing at Test Centres across UK starting from £57 Discount Code AWAY21

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ExpressTest Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions. Click on [?] Sign below to see our full list of questions and answers.

  • contact us How do I book a test with ExpressTest?

    You can go to the 'Book a Test' page and book and pay for your preferred testing centre and time. A confirmation email will be sent to you within 30 minutes of your booking with a QR code.

    It is required for you to bring a copy of the QR code on the day of your test. And please make sure to carry a copy of your valid passport with you in case you need a Fit to Fly certificate or have booked a Test to Release test.

    You can book a test here.

  • contact us Where are your Test Centres?

    You will find ExpressTest centres at London Heathrow, Birmingham, London Gatwick and Edinburgh airports as well as Regional Health Centres across the United Kingdom. Check the 'Testing centres' page to find the nearest centre.

  • contact us What is a Fit to Fly certificate?

    The Fit to Fly certificate is an evidence that confirms your fitness to travel. This medical certificate is signed by an NHS trained UK General Medical Council (GMC) doctor and is issued to you if you test negative for Covid-19 from ExpressTest. Please make sure to bring your passport and travel booking reference to your appointment.

    The certificate will include your personal details (name, date of birth, passport number), the time and date your sample was collected, the date your sample was tested, your result and a signatory confirmation from ExpressTest..

    The Fit to Fly certificate will be emailed, along with your test result, to your email address provided.

    International travellers using other modes of transportation including ship, car, and train can also use this certificate.

  • contact us Can I reschedule my test?

    You are eligible to amend your booking only if it is more than 72 hours ahead. Please visit our Booking Amendment page.

  • contact us What do I need to bring with me on Test Day?

    You need to bring a copy of your booking email with the QR code and your airline booking reference.

    And in case you have booked a test with a Fit to Fly certificate or a Test to Release, you must bring a valid passport or national ID card for authentication.

  • contact us Can I amend/reschedule or cancel a Test?

    All bookings are non-refundable. Changes to the bookings are subject to availability and allowed if your test is more than or within 72 hours, or due to the airline cancelling your travel or changes to government guidelines. Click Here for more clarity.

Randox Health

Randox Health is one of the most reliable Coronavirus testing providers, that provides clinical diagnostic solutions across over 145 countries.

Book a Randox Antigen/Lateral Flow test from £21.50.

Home Sample Collection Kit for PCR testing starting from £43 Discount Code SOUTH21

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Randox Health Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions. Click on [?] Sign below to see our full list of questions and answers.

  • contact us How do I book a Randox Discounted Kit?

    Click the link below to order the Randox Health testing kit that will include a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test.

    Kindly visit the Randox Health website to order the tests as per your requirement using the links below:

    Self-administered PCR test: Click here and use the discount code SOUTH21 to get it for £43.

    GREEN TRAVEL Destination PCR Tests: Click here and use the discount code SOUTH21 to get it for £86.

    COMPLETE TRIP, ALGARVE ONLY PCR Tests: Click here and use the discount code SOUTH21 to get it for £129 (applicable whilst Portugal is on the green list).

    Day 8 Amber destination singular test: Click here and use the discount code SOUTH21 to get it £43, (This can be used for customers who have purchased complete trip Algarve only package and return to the UK when Portugal moves from GREEN to AMBER, please select Day 8 from the drop down box).

    DAY 2 and DAY 8 tests: Click here and use the discount code SOUTH21 to get it for £86.

    AMBER TRAVEL Destination PCR Tests: Click here and use the discount code SOUTH21 to get it for £129.

    DAY 5 TEST TO RELEASE PCR TEST: Click here and use the discount code SOUTH21 to get it for £43.

  • contact us When will the Test Kit arrive once I've placed an order?

    The kits are sent via next day delivery in case the order is placed before mid-day, from Monday to Friday. We would request you to order as early as possible for timely delivery, for; the kits are known to take at least 2 days to arrive.

    In case you order the day 2 and day 8 test kit, you'll receive each kit separately a day prior to your test date i.e. on day 1 and day 7 as per the government regulations.

  • contact us What will I get in a Testing Kit?

    Each Randox Health Testing Kit comprises everything required for a Covid-19 test for one person:

    Swab

    Collection tube, for the sample taken on the swab

    Pathoseal bag, for the collection tube

    Envelope to post the sample back

    Labels with your unique reference number

    Full instructions on how to complete the test

    Instructions on how to send your test off to the lab

    All the tests have been listed by the UK Government and the PCR tests are analysed in established laboratories to deliver gold standard Covid-19 results.

  • contact us How do I send my Sample(s) back?

    The sample(s) can be sent back through DX services. You can click here to check your closest DX Depo/DX MBE location, open from Monday – Friday. Kindly check your closest DX Depo/DX MBE location opening hours before returning the sample since there might be a change in the closing times for different locations.

    To know about the Randox Drop Box Locations, click here. Again, there might be change in the closing times of Drop Box for different sites, so make sure to check the opening hours of your closest location before returning the sample.

  • contact us When do I need to order my kit?

    We recommend ordering your kit no more than 30 days before your return date, to allow for any changes in government legislation.

  • contact us Can I amend/reschedule or cancel?

    Once your order has been accepted by Randox Health, they cannot be amended or cancelled.

What is a PCR test?

A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is an antigen test which is performed to detect the genetic material (DNA/RNA) of a virus' through a throat and nasal swab. This test is most accurate and is considered the "gold standard" test for diagnosing COVID-19 because of reliability.

Getting tested before your holiday

There's no denying that you need a Covid-19 test before travelling, however, it completely depends on the destination where you're flying to, since there are a few destinations that do not require these reports. Each country has its own entry protocol, so you need to check the specific requirements of your country in advance. Moreover, each country has its own rules on whether a negative test report is required for children or not. For further details about the specific requirements of your destination, check the Foreign Travel Advice website (and do keep checking regularly, for, the requirements can be changed at short notice).

Also, please check with your airline if they are accepting home PCR tests because there are a few airlines that ask for a test taken in a clinical setting.

Getting tested for your return journey home

The British Government is about to release a new traffic light system for arrivals into England, which will include additional tests to be taken. Keep up-to-date with the latest GOV.UK travel advice.

GREEN LIST' COUNTRIES

You will need to take a pre-outbound test in your destination before your return to the UK. You will also need to take a PCR test within 2 days of your arrival in the UK. There's no need of you to be quarantined if your test results are negative.

AMBER LIST' COUNTRIES

You will need to take a pre-outbound test in your destination before your return to the UK. It is required for you to be quarantined at home for 10 days after your return to the UK. You will also need to take two PCR tests - one within 2 days of your arrival in the UK and the second is 8 days after your arrival. You will have the option for a 'test to release' in order to release yourself from self-isolation on day 5 on receipt of a negative result.

RED LIST' COUNTRIES

You will need to take a pre-outbound test in your destination before your return to the UK. On your return to the UK, you will be subject to restrictions which will include a 10-day quarantine in a managed hotel. You will also need to take two PCR tests - one within 2 days of your arrival in the UK and the second is 8 days after your arrival.

Visit www.gov.uk/foriegn-travel-advice for latest destination travel advice from the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) including Covid19 travel advice, security and local laws, and passport and visa information.

Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected.

If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. If you have booked a flight only where the ticket is not issued immediately, your flight will be protected under our ATOL. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to www.caa.co.uk/ATOLCertificate

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