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Re: Travel to UK for 3 days: need Day 2 test?

Good afternoon to you all !


I have to go to the UK in mid October and whilst i understand everything may change at least once between now and then, i was hoping somebody maybe able to tell me what we need exactly as i am totally lost, again.


I have been vaccinated 2 x with Moderna and have a valid Covid cert, my daughter, aged 11 has not been vaccinated, we are both Swiss citizens.


We plan to fly Saturday evening or Sunday Afternoon and return the following Thursday afternoon so arguably 5 or 6 days total.


Do i need a PCR test before flying or is an Antigen test sufficient, both for me and my daughter ?


I need a 2 day test to be pre-paid and organised before leaving so i get a number or code for the locator form, where is cheapest place to get this ?



We will be staying in region of Swindon/Wiltshire area

(not in Swindon, i hasten to add !)


Many thanks in advance for your most valued collective wisdom.
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Old 03.09.2021, 13:17
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Re: Travel to UK for 3 days: need Day 2 test?

As you're fully vaccinated an antigen test should be sufficient. Read here for the official stuff.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavi...ing-to-england

Just had our antigen tests today since we're driving to the UK on Sunday.

I don't know about cheapest, but we decided to go with Boots since they're well known and reliable. Ordered the 2-day tests on Wednesday, notified that they're on their way yesterday by Royal Mail. Could have had them tomorrow, but we've delayed the delivery to Tuesday so we can be there when they arrive; Royal Mail gives that option. Antigen tests with Boots are 68 each.

https://www.boots.com/covid-19-testi...d-test-service

Note that your arrival day is day Zero for the 2-day tests, not Day 1 as people often assume.
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Re: Travel to UK for 3 days: need Day 2 test?

Tks for this, not too fussed about reliable i just want something to tick the boxes as quite honestly it's all a load of coblers anyway !


Somebody is making a lot of money off these flawed procedures !!


From the link you sent, seems like we both (me vaccinated, child aged 11) just need an antigen test and the the 2 day test.....


and they hope to attract people back to the UK !!
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Old 03.09.2021, 20:40
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Re: Travel to UK for 3 days: need Day 2 test?

I'd stick with a company you know.

"PCR travel test providers are facing a fresh crackdown amid concerns that consumers are being ripped off.

The Competition and Markets Authority said it had opened a probe into one firm, Expert Medicals, following complaints Covid test results had not been provided on time or at all.

It warned a further 19 firms about advertising misleading prices.

It comes after a review that found customers often faced poor service, hidden fees and refund issues."

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-58439049
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Old 03.09.2021, 21:02
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I'd stick with a company you know.

"PCR travel test providers are facing a fresh crackdown amid concerns that consumers are being ripped off.

The Competition and Markets Authority said it had opened a probe into one firm, Expert Medicals, following complaints Covid test results had not been provided on time or at all.

It warned a further 19 firms about advertising misleading prices.

It comes after a review that found customers often faced poor service, hidden fees and refund issues."

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-58439049
The joke is they are still allowed to sell tests that are accepted by the government, huge scam if you ask me.
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I'd stick with a company you know.

"PCR travel test providers are facing a fresh crackdown amid concerns that consumers are being ripped off.

The Competition and Markets Authority said it had opened a probe into one firm, Expert Medicals, following complaints Covid test results had not been provided on time or at all.

It warned a further 19 firms about advertising misleading prices.

It comes after a review that found customers often faced poor service, hidden fees and refund issues."

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-58439049

.....and you consider the BBC a reliable source of information !


Joking apart, the 2 day test is really all about nothing, you just need the reference number to prove you have done the test, what use it really is is highly debatable if you are leaving the country anyway.
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Re: Travel to UK for 3 days: need Day 2 test?

We booked our 2 day tests online with Boots. They will send them to our hotel and we’ll post them back. 68 each.
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.....and you consider the BBC a reliable source of information !


Joking apart, the 2 day test is really all about nothing, you just need the reference number to prove you have done the test, what use it really is is highly debatable if you are leaving the country anyway.
Merely pointing that some providers are under investigation. So go with a known company like Boots.

And yeah, I do consider the good old Beeb more reliable than most other news outlets.
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And yeah, I do consider the good old Beeb more reliable than most other news outlets.
But less and less so every day. They are quickly becoming a video tabloid.

There was a story today about the US women's Open where the #3 lost to some unseeded teenager. Pictures of tantrum throwing, but no picture of the winner. That isn't the news.
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Re: Travel to UK for 3 days: need Day 2 test?

So what are the cheapest options for PCR/Anti-gen tests in Zurich (preferably close to ZH Altstetten) and per post ones in the UK with relative ease to do?

Need to travel 5+ times to the UK till the end of 2021 and the cost (money + time) is annoying, especially given its questionable contribution to anybody's safety...

to add that drive-through is not an option for the 2-day test so I guess eurofins sampling station or their home ones are the cheapest options?

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But less and less so every day. They are quickly becoming a video tabloid.

There was a story today about the US women's Open where the #3 lost to some unseeded teenager. Pictures of tantrum throwing, but no picture of the winner. That isn't the news.
Reliability relates to the facts they put forward in articles. Not the video tabloid crap you mention. Or opinion pieces. Or human interest pieces - which are so woke, it sends me to sleep.
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So what are the cheapest options for PCR/Anti-gen tests in Zurich (preferably close to ZH Altstetten) and per post ones in the UK with relative ease to do?

Need to travel 5+ times to the UK till the end of 2021 and the cost (money + time) is annoying, especially given its questionable contribution to anybody's safety...

to add that drive-through is not an option for the 2-day test so I guess eurofins sampling station or their home ones are the cheapest options?
I have been going to Morgenthal Apotheke in ZH for the Antigen Test for travel purposes. 15-20 min turnaround. It says CHF10 on the website when you book but I noticed my Krankenkasse is being billed at CHF47 and my contribution is currently zero.

https://www.apotheke.ch/morgental

In the UK Boots was by far the easiest but I have heard of folks just booking the cheapest possible to get the code for the PLF - and then not even bothering to submit the Day 2 test.
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Re: Travel to UK for 3 days: need Day 2 test?

I went to the Permanence, Marktplatz Oerlikon.
Not being a resident, expected to pay for a PCR test, but was told no, they don't bother billing.
They did the test, e-mailed the results.
Didn't have any issues at the airport
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Re: Travel to UK for 3 days: need Day 2 test?

So what i worked out is i will need an Antigen test for me, but not my child, no more than 3 days before travel.


We arrive Sunday afternoon in UK and plan to leave Thursday so i need to do a 2 day test, which as far as understand would be no later than Tuesday afternoon (less than 48 hours after arrival in UK)


We certainly will not get the results back in time to return home on Thursday.


Taking this into account, it would make sense to get the absolute cheapest possible government approved test which would give me the precious number i need for the Passenger Locator Form, and who cares about the result as when it is available as i will be happily in my Chalet eating fondue or whatever when it is available.


Jerking the system, i know, but then the system in not fit for purpose anyway !
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Re: Travel to UK for 3 days: need Day 2 test?

For the UK Day 2 test you can get some kits for under 50, look out for Randox and a discount code which you can get from places like the Ryanair website, or see testingforall.org which is a non-profit outfit offering 48 tests, as long as you have an address in the UK to get the kit sent to in time for your arrival/test.
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Re: Travel to UK for 3 days: need Day 2 test?

My fully vaccinated wife is flying to Edinburgh next weekend, and I'm struggling to know what to do for these two day tests. According to the website the tests should be booked up front before flying and they're sent to an address to be returned by post.

She's staying in an Airbnb flat in the City for the first two days, before going on to stay with friends. We can't send the test by post to the Airbnb flat as we've no idea where it'll end up, or even if they can receive mail.

I called the helpline and was put through to an Indian call center. I asked if she could pick up a test somewhere in the city but they just kept repeating that the tests had to be sent by post.

My idea is just to post tests to the friends address, however she'll only be able to take it on the third/fourth day. You think she could get away with that? When I read some of the comments above, it appears that they're not too quick with turning the tests around anyway!!
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My fully vaccinated wife is flying to Edinburgh next weekend, and I'm struggling to know what to do for these two day tests. According to the website the tests should be booked up front before flying and they're sent to an address to be returned by post.

She's staying in an Airbnb flat in the City for the first two days, before going on to stay with friends. We can't send the test by post to the Airbnb flat as we've no idea where it'll end up, or even if they can receive mail.

I called the helpline and was put through to an Indian call center. I asked if she could pick up a test somewhere in the city but they just kept repeating that the tests had to be sent by post.

My idea is just to post tests to the friends address, however she'll only be able to take it on the third/fourth day. You think she could get away with that? When I read some of the comments above, it appears that they're not too quick with turning the tests around anyway!!



Be careful, Scotland is different to UK because Wee Krankie thinks she knows best......
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My fully vaccinated wife is flying to Edinburgh next weekend, and I'm struggling to know what to do for these two day tests. According to the website the tests should be booked up front before flying and they're sent to an address to be returned by post.

She's staying in an Airbnb flat in the City for the first two days, before going on to stay with friends. We can't send the test by post to the Airbnb flat as we've no idea where it'll end up, or even if they can receive mail.

I called the helpline and was put through to an Indian call center. I asked if she could pick up a test somewhere in the city but they just kept repeating that the tests had to be sent by post.

My idea is just to post tests to the friends address, however she'll only be able to take it on the third/fourth day. You think she could get away with that? When I read some of the comments above, it appears that they're not too quick with turning the tests around anyway!!
She will definitely get away with it. I sent mine in on the 6th (I just plain forgot).

The first time I was in the UK I didn't even send it in (was only just there for the start of the 2nd day before flying back so picked it up and then reused it for my next visit.

The only thing they are checking is that a code has been supplied on the PLF. I reused mine (for the reason stated above).
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She will definitely get away with it. I sent mine in on the 6th (I just plain forgot).

The first time I was in the UK I didn't even send it in (was only just there for the start of the 2nd day before flying back so picked it up and then reused it for my next visit.

The only thing they are checking is that a code has been supplied on the PLF. I reused mine (for the reason stated above).
Thanks for the tip, she can do that then and send it back a couple of days late. I was even weighing up the idea of suggesting she should ask the people she is staying with to return the test on her behalf. Your solution much better though.

Maybe she'll get lucky and they'll ditch the whole thing with tomorrow's travel list announcement.

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Be careful, Scotland is different to UK because Wee Krankie thinks she knows best......
There is some truth in that, until recently tests in Scotland had to be carried out through the NHS alone at 88 a go (68 now). Now it is at least possible to use private providers in England. (Thanks to Neko for the recommendations!)
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