You need a Covid test to travel abroad.
If you're travelling abroad, you'll need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test on entry. Taking a test for this purpose is often called a Fit to Fly test. You'll need to get tested before your travel, usually within a 72-hour window before departure (requirements vary from country to country, so please check this). Most countries around the world require the gold-standard PCR test.
Recently, countries have started allowing travellers who have taken rapid lateral flow/rapid antigen tests. Most of these tests give results in around 20-minutes, and they're cheaper - there's no lab needed for processing the sample. You'll need to remember that you can't use these tests for travel without the help of a healthcare professional, so not everybody provides them. However, Qured has developed a rapid antigen test for travel, which is overseen via video call by a Health Advisor to ensure you take the test correctly. It's more affordable too, at just £39. Countries such as the USA, Italy, Germany and Sweden accept this entry test, and more are due to follow.
You need a Covid test to travel to the UK and at least one after arrival.
From 17th May, government regulations mean that you'll need to take a Covid test before starting your journey to the UK. After you've arrived, you'll need to follow different testing and quarantine rules depending on where you're coming from. This is known as the 'Traffic light system', which divides countries into red, amber and green. Green arrivals will need to take one PCR test, and Amber arrivals will need to take at least two. You can read our blog explaining the system here.
You can use our rapid antigen test for pre-departure testing - order your test before your travel and pack it in your suitcase. We're also an approved provider for post-arrival PCR tests meaning you can book all of your travel tests with Qured at an affordable price.
You want to see your friends and family safely.
Lockdown has eased, cases are low, and a considerable proportion of the population is vaccinated. Despite this, there is still some risk of contracting the virus and spreading it. Whilst we're free to do pretty much as we please, getting tested for Covid-19 before you mix with others takes the pressure off knowing that you are not spreading the virus. This is especially important when resuming indoor socialising. No one wants to give their elderly relatives Covid-19 not knowing that they had it themselves.
You're showing symptoms of Covid-19.
Whether you have a high temperature, a new continuous dry cough, loss or change to your sense of taste or smell, you should get tested for Covid-19. These are the most common symptoms of the virus. It is also vital that you stay at home until you get your result to avoid any potential spread of Covid-19.
You've been exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
Suppose you find that you've been exposed to someone who has symptoms or who has tested positive for Covid-19. In that case, you should self-isolate immediately and get tested. Once you've got your test result and if it's negative, you can leave isolation. You must get tested whether you have symptoms or not after being exposed to someone who has, as you may be asymptomatic.
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