For the vast majority of destinations across the world, you'll be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result in order to embark on a flight.
Here at Medical Express, we provide a premium service with guaranteed 48 hours results. Many of our patients have been let down with postal testing services, where samples have been delayed or lost in the post, or results simply aren’t received in time, meaning missed flights, delayed itineraries and needless hassle and grief.
We do not use postal kits, and our laboratory is within walking distance of the clinic. We guarantee that within the hour of your sample being taken, it has been received by the laboratory.
We have tested thousands of patients, and have successfully facilitated the departure of every single patient who booked their test 48 hours before departure time.
We strongly recommend patients booking their appointment 48 hours prior to their flight time, meaning they will receive their results 24 hours before travel.
We can perform PCR testing with same day results, however there are strict requirements for this service, so please call the clinic to arrange.
As part of precautionary measures implemented for the safe reopening of the aviation sector, the IATA has required PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing for COVID-19 prior to embarking on flights. This is to help passengers travel safely, and stop the spread of disease.
Evidently, there are slight drawbacks to all travelling measures including delays on arrival or before departure. However, a lot of airlines are implementing testing as part of their rulesbefore boarding. Should you need a PCR test in London, you can contact us at our clinic.
PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction. This test detects the presence of the virus in your body by identifying the viruses RNA in a nose and/or throat swab sample. RNA is the genetic property of the virus. When the swab is received by the laboratory, a solution called a reagent is added to it.
If the virus is present, this reagent triggers a chain reaction resulting in the creation of billions of copies of this RNA - enough that can be detected and evaluated to produce an accurate result.
Anyone who traveling internationally should take the test. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should not be travelling, and should be self-isolating. The In-Clinic PCR Test for travel is only for asymptomatic patients, to confirm that they currently are not infected with Coronavirus.
Our testing is 99.9% accurate with correct swab technique. This is why we only certify samples that have been taken by our staff in the clinic.
This is also known as a fit to fly letter. It is a medical certificate signed by a doctor that confirms you are fit to fly. Please bear in mind that we can only certify tests performed at our clinic for COVID-19, and only for those patients who have received a negative result.
Medical Express Clinic offers PCR Covid-19 testing fit to fly certificates. Should your Covid-19 test return negative, we will provide a certified Covid-19 fit to fly medical certificate signed by a UK General Medical Council (GMC) doctor for £50.
The airline or the country you are travelling will usually provide you with a time window. For instance, a 72 hour time window means that your swab needs to be taken within 72 hours of your flight.
Time windows are rigid, meaning it is key that you make your appointment for within this window, just an hour before your window will render the result unacceptable. Should you have a time window of 72 hours departing on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, you must choose our Harley Street London Service which is a 24 hours turnaround test.
Public Health England has fully certified and accredited our COVID-19 swab tests to ensure your test results will be valid at your embassy and airline. Note that the only test which is universally accepted by all airlines including British Airways, Emirates, and Thai Airways is the PCR antigen swab test.
We have qualified doctors that can help by providing you fit to fly certificates after receiving your negative Covid-19 PCR swab test result.
The links below will help you know what the requirements of your flight are:
You should follow the UK government advice which lists all countries and territories exempt from the 'all but essential travel' recommendation. If you must travel, then there are certain measures you should observe to lower the spread of the virus and your risk of exposure to the virus.
Keep informed of the recent travel restrictions and official advice relevant in any country you are flying to and departing from in this period of coronavirus pandemic. For plans to travel out of the UK, you can visit the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) for travel advice and safety guidelines.
Contact your scheduled airline, transport service or accommodation for information on any restrictions that may affect your movement.Bear in mind that increased screening, monitoring and quarantine procedures may be required as you enter a different country.
Most importantly, find out how your travel insurance coverage may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yes. A fit to fly certificate is a requirement to demonstrate that you do not have COVID-19, and present no risk of transmitting the virus to other people in the country you are visiting.
The signs and symptoms of coronavirus include:
Should you notice any of these symptoms, you should:
What does a PCR swab test for COVID-19 test for?
This is the universally accepted test that can identify an active infection.
How's the COVID-19 swab test done?
A swab is taken from the nostril and at the back of the throat.
How long before the result is out?
Your sample will be analysed on the same day it is received, at our lab within the hour. Within 24 hours, during weekdays, results are ready. The result will be sent to you via email, and you can also come to the clinic to get a hard copy.
How much is the PCR swab test, and do I have to make payment up-front?
The fee is £199 and £50 for any certificates required. There is no need for you to pay upfront, and even if you cancel, there are no charges. However, we would really appreciate if you can notify us within 24 hours if you need to move or cancel your appointment with us, as there is significant demand for the service, and somebody else would need your appointment time.
How do I book?
Looking for a PCR test in London? You can book online here!
Now that you know what's involveds, safeguard yourself and those your love by making sure you adopt all the precautionary measures.
For more information, you can schedule an appointment with us at the Medical Express Clinic today or call 02074991991.
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