Recent changes by the UK government have altered the rules for travellers coming to the country. One of the new requirements is to complete a day 2 lateral flow test, which has replaced the need for a PCR test.
This test is required within two days of landing in the UK. Although they can be done any time on or before the 2nd day after you arrive in the country, it is recommended that you take it as soon as possible to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.
How do I get a day two lateral flow test?
Unfortunately, you can’t use the free NHS lateral flow tests. This is because the test needs to be officially recorded as negative. There are a few alternatives available, including:
- Home kits delivered to you within 24 hours (you’ll have to return the results to the lab)
- On-site tests, such as those offered at airport testing sites.
If you want convenience, postal options are best.
Before arriving in the United Kingdom, all passengers must book a day 2 lateral flow test. They must supply a photo of their lateral flow test to confirm the result, and if they do not, they could be fined £1,000.
You will also need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form if you enter the UK. This requires you to provide details of where you have been, and where you will be staying in the UK. Submitting the form will require you to attach your booking reference number for the lateral flow test, so make sure you have it handy.
What is the current price for a day two lateral flow test?
The days of paying over £50 for a PCR test are long gone. Lateral flow tests are less expensive, with an average price tag of around £30.
The government claimed the move was a “significant boost” for the travel sector. It’s worth noting, however, that these new regulations only apply to individuals who have been fully vaccinated. They must also be travelling from a country that isn’t on the red list.
It is important to note that if you receive a positive result, you will still need to undergo a PCR test.
How does the day 2 lateral flow testing process work?
The day 2 lateral home test kits are highly convenient. They only require you to follow a few simple steps, including:
- Order your tests online and have them delivered straight to your door.
- After your kit has been received, you must register it online. Then follow the instructions for taking your swab (this should be done within two days of arriving in the UK).
- Receive your results certificate by email.
- Take a picture of your day 2 Lateral Flow Test result and submit it online
- Receive your doctor-signed certificate via post.
For more guidance on up-to-date rules and regulations around travel and COVID-19, you can refer to the government website. As rules change regularly, it is recommended that you refer to the website each time you are planning to travel.
What does the day two lateral flow test entail?
Taking a sample for your day 2 lateral flow test is quick and easy. Using the swab provided, you will need to take a sample from your nose and your throat. The swab is then immersed in a solution that is subsequently dripped onto the lateral flow test paper pad to make an impression.
Full instructions will be included in your kit to guide you through the process.