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Covid Testing for international travel

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International travel is perfectly possible, just a little different. Currently, vaccinated passengers returning from non-red list countries to the UK must take a lateral flow test 48 hours before their flight. By day two back in the UK, they must also take a PCR test and self-isolate until they get a negative result. 

 

Before travel to your destination

 

In some cases, destinations may still require a PCR test or lateral flow test to accompany your proof of vaccination status before you visit. We recommend that you order either test well in advance of your departure date. The tests we recommend using are home tests and you will be required to do the test yourself, under online supervision from a professional from the testing provider. This is usually done by video call.

 

It is important to note that a PCR test will be sent to the lab to be checked, so you will receive the result and certificate electronically anytime between 24 and 48 hours after the lab has received your sample. The result and certificate of a lateral flow test, on the other hand, can be sent electronically to you within two of hours of doing the test (and usually within 30 minutes). You will need to take your digital certificate to the airport as proof of your negative result – ready to show to the Immigration authorities on arrival. 

 

You may be required to fill in an entry form. Please see our testing requirements page for information on specific destinations.

 

Re-entry to the UK and day two testing

 

As we've said, passengers returning to the UK from a non-red list country must take a lateral flow test 48 hours before their flight. You'll also need to produce a negative PCR test by your second day back in the UK (the day of your return is 0).  

 

For this day two test in the UK, you need to arrange this with a private test supplier and the kit will be sent to you in advance, it is important to have the confirmation code or booking reference number to hand on your trip, as you will need this information to prove that you have ordered a day two test to be granted re-entry to the UK. The booking reference/order number provided by your test supplier must be added to your Passenger Locator Form, which you are required to fill out before you return to the UK.

 

We recognise that these testing requirements are something for you to consider, and to help make the process as smooth and affordable as possible, we have partnered with three government-approved testing suppliers, Qured, Chronomics and Randox. We have chosen these suppliers based on their customer service reviews, price and ease of use. Our CEO and other members of staff have even been testing them for you in their own travels, and we have also arranged a 10% exclusive discount for being a Newmarket Holidays customer. 

 

How to order and receive 10% off

 

To receive your discount when booking with Randox, please use promo code: NEWMARKET2021. For Chronomics, you just need to click on the link below and enter code NH2021 when prompted. For Qured, click on the link below, then sign up to create your account and enter NEWMARKET10 when you are ready to book your tests.

 

* Please note the £21.50 price above is for a lateral flow test with Randox.

This page is regularly updated and is correct based on the requirements on 7th December 2021.

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