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How Can I Get a PCR Test for Travel?

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.

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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:

Our Travel Clinic

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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

PRICE: £119

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.

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Our home testing kit

PRICE: £119

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.

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You can find out more about our testing procedure in our previous blog post:

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If you are looking to head off on your travels, don’t get caught out:

Book your PCR test online today!

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This blog post was written on behalf of The Easy Pharmacy by Carla Moore from Pharmacy Mentor.

How to Jet Off Stress-Free with our Travel Clinic

As travel begins to open back up again, you may be feeling stressed as you try to navigate planning your long-awaited trip. Whatever your reasons for heading abroad, it is important that you check what vaccinations you need before you travel. However, there is no need to worry – The Easy Pharmacy is here to help. You can visit our travel clinic in Surrey to get you where you need to go safely.

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Why is it important to get vaccinated?

Getting vaccinated allows your body to develop protection against a virus that it may not have previously encountered in the UK. Therefore, vaccinations are the best chance you have of making sure that you do not become seriously ill from diseases such as Hepatitis A and Yellow Fever. It also ensures that you do not spread said diseases to unvaccinated individuals back in the UK.

The NHS especially recommends that you get vaccinated when you are travelling for extended periods of time, or backpacking. Also, aside from ensuring your health, some countries, such as Somalia, require proof of vaccination, such as a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate, before you are allowed to enter the country.

What vaccines do I need to travel from the UK?

The vaccinations you need will depend on the country you are travelling to. You can use resources such as Travel Health Pro and NHS Fit for Travel to find out the risks associated with the countries you are travelling to.

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When do I need to visit the Travel Clinic in Surrey?

We would recommend doing this in advance so that you can visit us and get the jabs you need in time for your trip. This is because some vaccinations may need more than one dose, spaced out over a certain period of time.

However there is no need to worry, as when you visit us in Ashford, Middlesex, our professional team will be able to advise you on the vaccinations you need.

What vaccinations can I get when I visit your Travel Clinic in Surrey?

We offer a range of vaccinations within our travel clinic offering, including:

– Hepatitis A & B vaccinations

– Yellow Fever vaccination

– Rabies vaccination

– Cholera vaccination

– Japanese Encephalitis vaccination

– Tick Borne Encephalitis vaccination

– Typhoid vaccination

– Combined Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio vaccinations

It is also important to stay up-to-date with your standard vaccinations. That’s why we also offer jabs to protect you in your everyday life, such as chicken pox and shingles vaccines. A comprehensive list of the vaccinations we offer can be found on our travel clinic page:

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As part of our travel clinic services, we also offer PCR testing so that you don’t get caught out before you fly. You can find out more about our Covid PCR testing below:

Get A PCR Test

If you are looking to travel, don’t leave your vaccinations until the last minute –

Contact us to book in today!

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This blog post was written on behalf of The Easy Pharmacy by Carla Moore from Pharmacy Mentor.