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Old 06.05.2021, 11:46
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Re: Travel to UK: Diary

Thanks alot for the informative diary Spinal, if its taught me anything its that I cannot deal with the hassle, stress and confusing nature of this entire testing program.

A single PCR test before arrival and one on departure fine, but I'm not going to the UK to be consumed by testing appointments, chasing results, being on hold etc..
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Old 06.05.2021, 12:02
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Re: Travel to UK: Diary

A number of easyjet flights I had booked for the summer have just been cancelled this morning. I wonder if they've received info that this nonsense testing is going to be carrying on for some time to come?
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Old 06.05.2021, 12:11
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Re: Travel to UK: Diary

I Used Goodbody in Bath for Day 2&8
and BOOTS for a PCR, it had passport number and said it was a Negative PCR, that was all. Same as Day8 information

"Fit To Fly" for Covid looks like a marketing ploy.
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Re: Travel to UK: Diary

While I agree that the "fit to fly" is an unethical sales tactic, this is the response I got when I queried it:

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Good Afternoon.

Thanks for the question.

You cannot use the Day 8 PCR test to fly.

You will not be able to attend another test until you get the results of the Day 8 test.
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Keep in mind that my experience at heathrow airport was different, and I probably could have flown with the day 8 test result, has the timing been right.
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Having just completed a trip to UK and returned LHR to ZRH. There is a lot of confusion.

Where does it state "Fit to Fly" required, this looks completely made up to get people to do more tests. The only requirement I can find is a Negative PCR. Because of poor advice and urgency I did 2 tests on Day8, the required NHS and a PCR to travel. Both have identical information from what I can see. Nowhere states Fit to Fly or Travel compliance and was easily accepted at LHR.

A friend has been told by the clinic he is doing his Day8 test that it can be used for travel but needs to have Passport and possibly flight number

Some of these test centres are seeing a way to make money notnecessarily to provide a service.
I have heard that the day 2 & 8 test certificates donít have the required info for travel, such as test time and possibly passport number.
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While I agree that the "fit to fly" is an unethical sales tactic, this is the response I got when I queried it:
Good Afternoon.

Thanks for the question.

You cannot use the Day 8 PCR test to fly.

You will not be able to attend another test until you get the results of the Day 8 test.
[ ... personal details removed ]
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They would say that, wouldn't they - as good as their service it is, they are the ones taking the cash.

It would be interesting to hear what SWISS say they will will accept, as the check-in desk were the only one to check my test results for my flight from LHR.

As far as I can see, SWISS do not mention fit-to-fly on their website
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Re: Travel to UK: Diary

Every time I've travelled its been nothing more than a cursory glance going out of the UK. They seem a bit keener coming back into the UK though.

The sooner it becomes standardised, the better as far as I'm concerned. Complete racket right now.
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I have heard that the day 2 & 8 test certificates donít have the required info for travel, such as test time and possibly passport number.
Interestingly my Day8 test had Date and Time of test and Passport number as well. I suppose it depends on what you use as Identification.

I cant see what is differnt between the 2 tests I did.
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Re: Travel to UK: Diary

By chance I've just come across this article that was published just a few hours ago:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel...-b1843097.html

At present for flights outbound from the UK, the key seems to be:
(1) what your particular airline will accept (as they seem to be the only ones doing checking)
This will be underpinned by
(2) requirements currently in force at your destination. In our case, Switzerland
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Old 06.05.2021, 18:35
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A number of easyjet flights I had booked for the summer have just been cancelled this morning. I wonder if they've received info that this nonsense testing is going to be carrying on for some time to come?
"nonsense testing" - what a good idea. Hey, mods can you please install nonsense testing in EF?

Fit-to-fly certificates have been around for a long time and were mostly used for pregnancies. In principle, extending them to cover covid seems like a good idea. They can be issued by most general practitioners.
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