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General Questions

If you have any question regarding lab or test, please find the answers from following.

Covid PCR Testing is a requirement for International travel or operations in many work environments. The PCR aspect means, polymerase chain reaction, which allows for our UKAS labs to amplify a small quickly taken sample into a large enough copy for thorough analysis. This is why Covid PCR Testing is the primary method of screening.

The Fit to Fly Covid tests are the UK standard that most airlines in the UK and large parts of the world, expect to see before boarding. Without this, you may find International travel restrictions that can affect your milestones. Avoid impacts to your schedule please book your ‘Fit to Fly’ private Covid PCR Test today

PCR cost is on our booking page. This includes a  certificate. 

https://vitalclinic.co.uk/uk-arrivals-mandatory-covid-tests/

No. We are only able to issue you with a doctor’s letter assessing your fitness to fly if you have a Covid-19 PCR test booked.
To ensure the fastest possible turnaround, your results and letter (if requested) will be emailed to you.
Yes. Please book your test as normal and select to add a doctor’s letter. When you go for your test, just let the member of staff know and they can add it for you there and then. Please bring your passport with you if you would like your passport number included.
Please bring an electronic copy of your test form and photo identification. Your ID needs to match the name on the form.
Our priority is to provide you with the fastest possible results in a safe manner. Therefore, patients take their self-swab test at one of our sites or use premium service where our professional team member visit your home or office and collect sample (only available in central London and East London with prior booking via whatsapp). Our in house courier then takes them to the laboratory for analysis. You will receive your results (and certificate if you’ve ordered one) via email within the stated timeframe.
We would advise you take your test as early as possible, such that it is just within your required time window. For instance, if you require a test no more than 72 hours before taking a flight, then have your test exactly 72 hours before your flight.
Your lab results will show the date when your sample was collected. It will also show the date that the test was completed and your report generated. These cannot be changed.

You will receive your results certificate via email within 24-48 hours.

After you book your appointment you will go to one of our locations to take your test. Our PCR locations have a testing area or consultation room where you can take your sample. The sample requires you take a swab from your throat and nose. Full instructions of how to do this are included in your test kit. Alternatively, you can book for a healthcare professional to take your swab for you.
Different airlines have different policies and they are changing frequently. Unfortunately we do not know the specific requirements of each airline. Please contact your airline for details of their particular requirements.

MANDATORY DAY 2 AND DAY 8 FAQS

Please click HERE to book your required test.

Everyone travelling to England from outside United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man, or the Channel Islands (together known as the common travel area) must:

Anyone who is arriving in England who has visited or passed through a country on the red list in the 10 days before their arrival needs to follow the UK government’s guidance. Travel to the UK from a red list country is currently banned, although updates to this rule are expected from April 2021.

Please see further information on the government website. If you’re travelling to ScotlandWales or Northern Ireland, you’ll need to follow separate guidelines.

The Common Travel Area comprises the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands. The British Overseas Territories are not included. Further information is on the government website.

A red list country is a country where travel to the UK is banned, unless you are British, Irish, or a resident in UK. Anyone who is arriving in England who has visited or passed through a country on the red list in the 10 days before their arrival needs to follow the UK government’s guidance.

If you’ve visited or passed through a country on the red list in the 10 days before arriving in England, please refer to the question: ‘What if I’m travelling from a ‘red list’ country.

If you haven’t visited or passed through a country on the red list in the 10 days before arriving in England, you must:

  • Take a COVID-19 test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel
  • Book and pay for a Travel Test Package, which will includes COVID-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine
  • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will quarantine when you arrive and the Travel Test Package booking reference number.

You can receive substantial fines. Please check the government website for further information.

Yes, if you are travelling to the UK from an amber list country and not passed through a country on the red list in past 10 days before arriving must book and pay for a Travel Test Package of day 2 and day 8. 

You can end your quarantine after midnight on day 10 of the arrival to England, upon receiving a negative day 2 and a negative day 8 test result. For the purposes of counting days, day of your arrival is DAY zero.

Please see further information on the government website.

You can leave quarantine early if you receive a negative test result on or after day 5 through the Test to Release program.

Even if you test negative through Test to Release and finish your quarantine early, you still need to take your day 8 test.

No, even if your day 8 test is negative, you must stay in quarantine until day 10.

You can take your day 2 test any time on or before day 2 following your arrival in England. You can take your day 8 test on or after day 8.

You can collect your day 2 test on before day 2 but you can only receive your day 8 test on or after day 8. You can’t be in physical possession of your day 8 test before day 8.

Yes, you can still leave quarantine early if you receive a negative test result on or after day 5 through the Test to Release programme.

Even if you test negative through Test to Release and finish your quarantine early, you still need to take your day 8 test.

Yes, even if you test negative through Test to Release and finish your quarantine early, you still need to take your day 8 test.

If your day 2 or 8 test results are positive then you must quarantine for an additional 10 days from the day you took the test – further advice will be provided with your test results.

If your test shows that you have a variant of coronavirus known as a ‘variant of concern’ you will get an additional call and anyone you have been in contact with will be asked to be tested.

Please see the government website for more information.

If you test positive for COVID-19 on day 2, we will do further genomic sequencing to identify the specific strain of SARS-CoV-2. You will not be charged an additional fee for this test.

You can find more information on the passenger locator form on the government website.

When you arrive in England you must go straight to the place where you intend to quarantine. Only use public transport if you have no other options. Do not travel by public transport if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. Please see the government website for further details.

Yes, you are permitted to leave your quarantine location to post your sample but you are required to return to your quarantine location as soon as this is complete.

For full details of quarantine requirements, please see the government website.

You will collect your swab sample at home. Simple instructions are included in the collection kit.