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

Hello all,

I'm travelling to the UK from 16th-19th September with my partner: we're both fully vaccinated.
From what I understand, we have to pre-book a coronavirus test on/before Day 2 after our arrival.
Day 2 would be the 18th, therefore we wouldn't even get the test results back before we were on our way back to Switzerland again...
Does anybody know if we still have to book/get the test?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Best wishes,
Alexandra
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Old 22.08.2021, 21:32
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Hello all,

I'm travelling to the UK from 16th-19th September with my partner: we're both fully vaccinated.
From what I understand, we have to pre-book a coronavirus test on/before Day 2 after our arrival.
Day 2 would be the 18th, therefore we wouldn't even get the test results back before we were on our way back to Switzerland again...
Does anybody know if we still have to book/get the test?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Best wishes,
Alexandra
Yep!
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Re: Travel to UK for 3 days: need Day 2 test?

How long does it take to get the test result after doing the test?
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Old 22.08.2021, 21:47
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How long does it take to get the test result after doing the test?
Are you talking about here in Switzerland? PCR or Rapid Antigen?
Answer depends on test, and test company. Antigen normally about 15 minutes, PCR 1-48 hours depending on company and service offered.
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Re: Travel to UK for 3 days: need Day 2 test?

I did the 123tests and they were very fast in replying. Don‘t forget you also need a locator and a flight anti gen test
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How long does it take to get the test result after doing the test?
It varies, the very cheap postal tests can take days....... my 2 day test was delivered 5 days after leaving the UK to put this in perspective. So a total scam
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Old 23.08.2021, 09:23
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Re: Travel to UK for 3 days: need Day 2 test?

Did a very similar trip 2 weeks ago. You need to book the Day 2 test and get a confirmation code from the test provider which has to be put on the locator form to present at UK immigration.

I posted my day 2 test and also got the results back 5 days later so not terribly useful, went for one of the cheapest providers.....
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Re: Travel to UK for 3 days: need Day 2 test?

Don't book anything today, the UK gov website is being updated with the current list of test providers.
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Don't book anything today, the UK gov website is being updated with the current list of test providers.
Last night I was trying to book a cheap test. Gov.uk site had many providers quoting "from £20" but when I followed the link (for the first 5 providers until I got fed up) the cheapest at checkout was £89.

Total scam by Boris and his buddies ...
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Re: Travel to UK for 3 days: need Day 2 test?

I booked my day 2 test directly on arrival at heathrow... because its "up to day 2"... so you can be done with it half an hour after arrival.
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I booked my day 2 test directly on arrival at heathrow... because its "up to day 2"... so you can be done with it half an hour after arrival.
Don't you need to add a test booking reference number to the trip locator form that needs completing before you fly to the UK?

Did the airline need to see anything at check in?

Thx (heading to Heathrow next week hence asking)
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Re: Travel to UK for 3 days: need Day 2 test?

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Don't you need to add a test booking reference number to the trip locator form that needs completing before you fly to the UK?

Did the airline need to see anything at check in?

Thx (heading to Heathrow next week hence asking)
Yes and yes. You need to book your test at heathrow in advance and you will get the reference number which you need to put into the PLF. Yes, Swiss checked the PLF...
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Last night I was trying to book a cheap test. Gov.uk site had many providers quoting "from £20" but when I followed the link (for the first 5 providers until I got fed up) the cheapest at checkout was £89.

Total scam by Boris and his buddies ...
You can book with Expert-Medicals for £28 plus postage for a home kit £35.99 or Eurofins a drive through in the Midlands for £20. Of course if you are leaving the UK before the end of the second day then not turning up at Eurofins is the way to go.
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You can book with Expert-Medicals for £28 plus postage for a home kit £35.99 or Eurofins a drive through in the Midlands for £20. Of course if you are leaving the UK before the end of the second day then not turning up at Eurofins is the way to go.
To add injury to insult there are scammers out and about pretending to be NHS and trying to get you to give your card details.
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Re: Travel to UK for 3 days: need Day 2 test?

Switzerland is now on the Green List as of today

Switzerland Moved to the green list 4am, Monday 30 August. If you arrived in England before then you must follow the amber list rules.
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Re: Travel to UK for 3 days: need Day 2 test?

I've just got back from the UK and they definitely checked I had it booked. I booked with Randox and went directly there after landing. I had the result by SMS at 11pm same evening. It has to be a PCR, but the day 2 test can be taken anytime upto day 2. Randox charged £60.
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Re: Travel to UK for 3 days: need Day 2 test?

It doesn't seem to make any big difference if the country is in either the green or the amber list if you're fully vaccinated, does it?
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I've just got back from the UK and they definitely checked I had it booked. I booked with Randox and went directly there after landing. I had the result by SMS at 11pm same evening. It has to be a PCR, but the day 2 test can be taken anytime upto day 2. Randox charged £60.
Who is "they"?
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Who is "they"?
Swiss checked vaccination certificate, Day 2 test booking and UK passenger locator form before issuing a boarding pass.
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How long does it take to get the test result after doing the test?
Ages, I know someone who has not had the result after a month
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