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Re: Commuting between UK and Switzerland

No queue at heathrow on Thursday was amazingly efficient.
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Re: Commuting between UK and Switzerland

Does anyone know if T5 (BA) seem any quicker or slower than other LHR terminals? Can anyone give any feedback? Actually, I haven’t flown BA for so long, is T5 LHR still only for BA? Wondering whether to fly Swiss or BA back to the UK.
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Does anyone know if T5 (BA) seem any quicker or slower than other LHR terminals? Can anyone give any feedback? Actually, I haven’t flown BA for so long, is T5 LHR still only for BA? Wondering whether to fly Swiss or BA back to the UK.
Only T2 and T5 are open. Swiss are T2 and BA T5. Looks like it’s pretty much only BA in T5
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Re: Commuting between UK and Switzerland

Just booked my day 2 and day 8 tests via the official gov.uk link.

https://www.find-travel-test-provide...est-type/amber

98.90 GBP from Eurofins, sent through the post to home. Royal Mail Priority return to lab and 24 hour results turnround from delivery to their lab.

I'm happy to quarantine anyway so not a problem if there is a delay, but we will see.

Lots of (the cheaper looking) providers are sold out!

Looked at lots of options at the Zurich end, and decided to go to the airport tonight for a walk in test. https://checkport.info/covid-testcen...afen-zuerich-2

5 Hour turnround at certain times, but after 17.00 you get results next day by 12.00

A lot of the other places we called (pharmacies etc.) are either sold out or can't guarantee turnround.


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Only T2 and T5 are open. Swiss are T2 and BA T5. Looks like it’s pretty much only BA in T5
For a while all flights were T2. T5 is a BA (only) terminal AFAIK.
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Looked at lots of options at the Zurich end, and decided to go to the airport tonight for a walk in test. https://checkport.info/covid-testcen...afen-zuerich-2

5 Hour turnround at certain times, but after 17.00 you get results next day by 12.00

A lot of the other places we called (pharmacies etc.) are either sold out or can't guarantee turnround.
Quick test or PCR in Zurich?
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Quick test or PCR in Zurich?

PCR.

For me there is still too much confusion about whether or not a quick test will * always * get you on plane / into UK, plus the validity is too short. And... it seemed quick tests were mostly sold out where we checked.

Queued for 30 mins for the test this evening at 7pm. Results coming tomorrow by midday.

If you are flying ZRH to LHR and have a Fruit Based Phone, there's an option to sign up for the IATA travel app which will receive your results direct. Proper android version coming mid May, it says... maybe they forgot to specify which year?


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Just booked my day 2 and day 8 tests via the official gov.uk link.

https://www.find-travel-test-provide...est-type/amber

98.90 GBP from Eurofins, sent through the post to home. Royal Mail Priority return to lab and 24 hour results turnround from delivery to their lab.

I'm happy to quarantine anyway so not a problem if there is a delay, but we will see.

Lots of (the cheaper looking) providers are sold out!

Looked at lots of options at the Zurich end, and decided to go to the airport tonight for a walk in test. https://checkport.info/covid-testcen...afen-zuerich-2

5 Hour turnround at certain times, but after 17.00 you get results next day by 12.00

A lot of the other places we called (pharmacies etc.) are either sold out or can't guarantee turnround.


Kind regards




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I tried to order, but did not understand the questions on departure / transit.
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An update re delays at Heathrow out of interest.......I flew into Heathrow Terminal 2 at about 18:00 Thursday last week, and queue at immigration was 3 hours.
Being reported on BBC Newsnight right now. Seems to be not uncommon, including mixing with red list countries.
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Re: Commuting between UK and Switzerland

Utter shitshow at Heathrow this evening - half the desks unmanned on the EU/UK passport queue and 2 hours to get through border control starting from exactly the same place as a few weeks ago when it took 70 mins to do the same size queue.
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Utter shitshow at Heathrow this evening - half the desks unmanned on the EU/UK passport queue and 2 hours to get through border control starting from exactly the same place as a few weeks ago when it took 70 mins to do the same size queue.

Oh Joy. My turn tomorrow. Flight arriving at 13.00... maybe I'll get lucky?


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PS. ZRH airport test centre test result (thankfully negative) arrived at 11.52 today. So at least that bit works.
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Oh Joy. My turn tomorrow. Flight arriving at 13.00... maybe I'll get lucky?
That's the worst I've ever had so far - my last 4 or 5 visits have been 30 mins or less.

This was clearly a poorly manned shift as about 5 mins before we got to the end desks to be checked they changed shift and there were then 6 people on the desks and not 3. Pot luck.
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Oh Joy. My turn tomorrow. Flight arriving at 13.00... maybe I'll get lucky?


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PS. ZRH airport test centre test result (thankfully negative) arrived at 11.52 today. So at least that bit works.
Seems LHR well-tuned for midday arrivals - my son was on the 12:05 ZH-LHR, off plane and through immigration in 15’ish min. May that be a trend
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Seems LHR well-tuned for midday arrivals - my son was on the 12:05 ZH-LHR, off plane and through immigration in 15’ish min. May that be a trend
Same for me. Was relieved!

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Same for me. Was relieved!

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Hope your day 2/8 tests proving more promising - Royal mail tracking confirms delivery with no tests to be found. Day 5 (booked as “in person” test at Boots useless unless day 2 test processed) Lab is unresponsive and now it is the weekend

Anyone who has good suggestions for reliable day 2/8 experience?

I have some trips coming up, am leaning towards any option that offers in person testing for days 2 and 8 (there are some, location dependent) I am assuming that even as EU travel hopefully becomes less complicated with covid passports, the UK will not necessarily be offering a similar template.
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Re: Commuting between UK and Switzerland

Hi everyone!
Related a bit to this topic - has anyone had any experience of flying in and out of the UK the same day for a business trip at the moment?
Is this do-able, in anyone's experience?
Looking forward to hearing is someone else has faced this topic, and if there was a way to manage it.
Thankyou!
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Re: Commuting between UK and Switzerland

They've not updated the map, but as of this evening the UK is back on the FOPH "risk list" https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...html#858610174
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They've not updated the map, but as of this evening the UK is back on the FOPH "risk list" https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...html#858610174

No doubt thanks to Hancock as always bleating in full on panic mode to the media - have these people ever remotely heard of crisis management?
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Re: Commuting between UK and Switzerland

I flew in to Heathrow yesterday morning & left in the evening. I needed to show my 2/8 day tests plus test an arrival. I have since been refunded for those tests (in clinic) with Biograd.

I got a call from test & trace this morning & told them I was no longer in the UK, they also sent me a text.
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I got a call from test & trace this morning & told them I was no longer in the UK, they also sent me a text.
I read that as "they also sent me a test" and thought: What? Yet another one??

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