Whatever your reasons for heading off on your travels abroad, from business trips to family holidays – you may now need a PCR test for travel. We know that you might be overwhelmed at the thought of trying to sort out Covid testing alongside the usual travel stresses. That’s why we have created this guide to getting a Covid PCR test near Heathrow Airport, as well as explaining how PCR testing works to ensure safe travel abroad.
What is the difference between a lateral flow test and a PCR test?
PCR tests and lateral flow tests are both used to indicate an active Covid infection. There are, however, a few key differences that make them better suited to varying situations. For example, lateral flow tests are used for everyday testing, usually providing results within 30 minutes.
On the other hand, PCR tests provide the most accurate results, as they are sent to a laboratory for processing. Further details surrounding the reliability of lateral flow tests can be found within this article by The Pharmaceutical Journal.
How can I best prepare for travel abroad?
We recommend checking your destination well in advance of your trip, to find out what type of testing they need. This is because some countries accept Rapid Antigen Testing, however some only accept PCR testing. The test is also generally required within the 72 hours before you travel. You can check the regulations associated with your destination in plenty of time here.
You should also stay up-to-date with regulations in the UK, ready for when you return to Heathrow.
If you are looking to head off on your travels, we also offer all of the vaccinations and travel health you need; you can find out more here:
Where can I get a PCR Test for Travel near Heathrow Airport?
If you are displaying Covid symptoms, you are advised to get a free NHS test. However, these cannot be used as proof of a negative result for travel. If you are looking to travel, we offer two convenient varieties of PCR test to suit you. Both of our tests involve taking a swab of one of your nostrils, as well as both of your tonsils.
Our in store test
Following the collection of your sample by one of our pharmacists, it will be transferred to the lab the very same day. You will then receive your results and subsequent Fit to Fly Certificate via email the next working day.
It is important to note that you are required to buy and book your test online.
Our home testing kit
We also offer you the opportunity to order your very own convenient at-home PCR testing kit. Your kit will include all the instructions you need to carry out the test; we have also included the video above if you are unsure.
You can find out more about our testing procedure in our previous blog post:
If you are looking to head off on your travels, don’t get caught out:
Book your PCR test online today!