Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Booking a Fit to Fly Covid Test
With so much room for error when it comes to booking a fit to fly covid test, here are our top 5 tips on common mistakes that travellers make:
- Not Using a UKAS Accredited Lab
As a rule of thumb, all tests for travel need to be completed at a government approved lab that is UKAS accredited, or they will not be accepted for travel. A UKAS accreditation stands for the United Kingdom Accreditation Service, that checks that the lab is operating to the UK governments standards for testing. You can find the UK government list here:
- Getting the wrong type of test for their travel destination
Most countries require you to have an RT-PCR test either 72 Hours or 48 Hours prior to departure or arrival. In rare cases, some countries would require a RT-PCR test to be completed 24 Hours prior to departure. We advise you to be certain of the RT-PCR test requirement prior to making the booking to ensure that the test would be valid for your flight. As some countries are accepting Rapid antigen testing, it is crucial to be certain which type of testing you would need before making an appointment.
- PCR test validity
A common question asked is how long the PCR test will be valid for? The validity of a PCR test would be dependent on the destination you are travelling to and their travel restriction guidelines. If you are required to have a PCR test completed 48 hours prior to arrival, the countdown will start from the time you attend the appointment till your arrival at the destination. You will have to book an appointment within the 48 hours window prior to when you are expected to arrive, for example if you are expected to reach at 09:00, Wednesday, the latest you should have an appointment booked for would be 09:00, Monday.
- Symptomatic symptoms
If you are experiencing any symptomatic symptoms such as a continuous cough, a high temperature, a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell, you should avoid taking a fit to fly covid test. If you have previously tested positive for Covid, it is then recommended to have a PCR test done at least two to four weeks after full recovery from Covid to prevent a second positive result.
- Age restriction on PCR test
There is no restriction that is issued to having a PCR test administered. Children from all ages can have a PCR test done. However, you might want to check with the airline or check the travel restriction of the country you are travelling to, as in some countries children under a certain age, do not require a PCR test.