British tourists should ‘check status’ of lateral flow test provider before travel

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Since October 24, double-vaccinated passengers can take a lateral test on or before day two after arrival in the UK. The tests must be booked on the Government website with an approved provider.

Denis Kinane, an immunologist and founder of Cignpost Expresstest, told Express.co.uk how to avoid some classic mistakes.

Kinane said those that feel unsure while taking a test could watch an online video online make sure they are doing so correctly.

He said: “It is advised that travellers read the instructions provided with the lateral flow test and it is recommended to watch video tutorials provided by the test provider or NHS on the correct way to take a lateral flow test.

“Travellers must send a photo of their test result along with the booking reference to the test provider and failure to do so could result in a fine of £1,000.”

In order to get an accurate result of their status, travellers will need to take the lateral flow test properly.

Tourists can not use NHS lateral flow tests for travel purposes and must purchase from a Government approved company.

At the time of writing, the price of a day two lateral flow on the Government website ranged from £8.99 to £39.

Travellers are advised to check all terms and conditions when booking as there may be hidden extras.

Kinane told Express.co.uk: “Travellers should ensure that their test provider is Government listed on its register of authorised providers.

“We would also advise they check the accreditation status of the provider with UKAS, and that they display the kite mark for the LITO (Laboratory Testing Industry Organisation).”

For passengers who think they might have symptoms of Covid on arrival, Kinane advised they order a PCR test.

He said: “PCR tests are the gold standard, and it is advisable that anyone with symptoms while abroad get a PCR test immediately and before their return home.

“A PCR will highlight even the smallest trace of the Covid virus, and through laboratory testing, identify whether the virus is a new variant. Anyone testing positive must quarantine immediately.”

British tourists are advised to think ahead when it comes to booking tests for their return from holiday.

Kinane said: “Prior to travel you must fill in a passenger locator form with the test details that you have booked- these are provided by the testing company.

“You must have an arrivals test booked before you start your journey back to the UK.”

Tourists should also check the entry requirements for their destination on the Government website before travel.

From November 1, all seven countries currently on the red list will be removed and hotel quarantine will be scrapped.

The Government has said the red list will remain an option if restrictions need to be brought in to protect public health.

Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Pamama will all be removed from the red list on November 1. 

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