Covid-19 PCR test. Are you Fit to Fly?

Fast saliva PCR tests and nose and throat PCR tests are available from Global Health Travel Clinics with fit to fly certification.

DO NOT attend the clinic if you have Covid-19 symptoms. Contact NHS 111 or the online coronavirus service.

Are you Fit to Fly?

See https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice  for the latest Government guidelines.

Some countries require you to take a PCR test 2- 5 days before the flight departs showing that you do not have an active case of Covid-19 and have a signed ‘fit to fly’/’fit for travel’ certificate to prove this to be the case. NHS tests are not permitted for travel purposes

PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test looks for evidence that the virus is currently in your body, by detecting the presence of its RNA in a swab sample from your nose/throat or from a saliva sample test.

Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) is an alternative method to PCR. LAMP tests are available within the UK. At the time of writing, LAMP tests are not accepted as sufficiently accurate and do not qualify as fit for travel certification.

Global Health Travel Clinics have a range of providers for PCR tests.

Less invasive Saliva PCR tests are now available which offer easy sampling and fast results, such as overnight/early next day. Your clinician will advise which test is suitable for your needs.

See https://www.haloverify.com/

PCR throat and nasal swab test are more invasive but again results have a fast turnaround time within 12-24 hours. 99.9% Accurate with correct swab technique using our PHE accredited UK laboratory.

To see how to take a correct sample see the following You tube and NHS video guides.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOFO7RlkOZM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qHTBlxfNes&t=37s

Note test kits will vary.

Our health professionals are ready to help you interpret your Covid-19 test results and to help you understand the next steps.

Covid-19 IgM/IgG antibody tests

Contact us or book on-line for a Covid-19 antibody test.

Our test detects Covid-19 specific antibodies. IgM antibodies are the body’s first immune response that remain in the blood that help the body fight off infection. IgG antibodies are the body’s secondary immune response in the blood to provide long term immunity. The test indicates a recent or current infection.

DO NOT attend the clinic if you have Covid-19 symptoms. Contact NHS 111 or the online coronavirus service.

We use Biopanda Test Kits, manufactured in the UK, MHRA approved and CE marked. For use by health professionals only. These are 99% accurate in line with Roche tests.

4 easy steps

  • Simple finger prick test
  • Result in 10 minutes
  • Certificate of testing provided
  • Full explanation of test result and what to do next.

Family groups, same household groups can be tested together. Ask your local clinic for more details.

To book an appointment use the on-line booking system or phone your nearest clinic.