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COVID-19 Testing Guidance

Tests you may need travelling to and from resort

COVID testing has now become the norm in the world of travel and to help you navigate through the requirements, we’ve put together the below guidance for you on what tests you may require when travelling to resort and returning home.

From the 4th October, if you are fully vaccinated, the requirement for testing prior to travelling to England has been removed. Please read our guidance below for more information.

Travelling to resort from the UK

Many destinations now require a COVID PCR test to be completed pre travel. The length required before travelling to take the test does vary by destination.
Our Trusted Advisors will carry out a call with you around 14 days before your holiday to discuss the most up to date requirements specific to your holiday destination allowing you and us enough time to carry out the necessary tests. In addition this information will also be clearly highlighted on your departure documents, specifying the time before travel that the test must be conducted and any requirements for children as well as adults. Some destinations will allow entry using a rapid antigen test. Please ensure you review the entry requirements prior to booking any test on https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice 

Your Trusted Advisor will be available to answer any queries on testing requirements on individual destinations up to the time you travel and whilst you are on holiday.

The below are four independent companies who provide pre-travel testing services.  We have provided information about these should you wish to use their services.  Please ensure you verify with your chosen supplier (whether the below or otherwise) that the test will satisfy the requirements for the destination you are travelling to and that the supplier can comply with the strict timescales you will have to adhere to.  Sovereign Luxury Travel cannot be held responsible for any third party suppliers’ delay or otherwise failure to provide a suitable test result. 

The Government have also an approved private clinic list which can be found here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing

Please note that NHS PCR or antigen tests cannot be used for travel purposes

A number of destinations will allow those who have received both COVID Vaccinations prior to travelling, to be exempt from any pre travel testing requirements. Your trusted advisor will be able to update you on if your destination is allowing this. Further information on how you can demonstrate your vaccine status is available here - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad 

Available COVID-19 Tests - before you leave UK

 

Test type

Sovereign customer price

Normal price

Discount Code

How to redeem

Express Test  (www.expresstest.co.uk)

Clinic / Drive Through PCR

Clinic / Drive Through Antigen

£57

From £33

£60

From £35

SOVEREIGN21 Visit: http://www.expresstest.co.uk/?utm_source=sovereign&utm_medium=Partner&utm_campaign=sovereign21

Please note antigen testing costs vary by test centre. 

Randox - Home Test
(www.randoxhealth.com)
PCR £43 £48 SovereignPD

Visit: https://covid.randox.com/pre-departure/

Randox - Airport & Clinic testing
(https://fly.randox.com

Next day PCR by 23:59.

12 hr PCR

3 hr PCR

£50

£60

 £85

£55

£65

£90

Sovclinic

Airport testing is available at East Midlands, London Stansted, London Heathrow & Manchester. A clinic is also available in Liverpool Centre & London Waterloo Station.

Visit: https://fly.randox.com/

Screen4
(www.screen4.org)
Home PCR
Clinic PCR
 £60
£85
   N/A  

Visit: https://screen4.org/citalia-sovereign-covid19-services/

Discounted testing packages are also available for families. Further information is available on the Screen4 webpage or contact their customer services team on 01226 730052

         

Please visit each supplier's website for details of what's included as part of your purchase.

Green (Rest of the World) destinations

Arrivals from a Green List destination (also known as Rest of the World) will have the following requirements:

Fully Vaccinated Adults – age 18 and above:

  • No test in resort prior to returning to UK.
  • All guests age 5 and above to have a day 2 PCR test once home . If you are arriving in to England - this can be a lateral flow test instead, however must still be booked through a government approved supplier. NHS rapid tests are not permitted.
  • Test packages must be booked and paid for before travelling.
  • Passenger Locator Form to be completed prior to travelling back to the UK within 48 hours of arrival.

Unvaccinated adults – age 18 and above:

  • Must have a test in resort (PCR or Antigen) 72 hours prior to returning.
  • Day 2 & Day 8 test upon return.
  • Must self-isolate for 10 days upon return – can opt to take the day 5 “test to release” to reduce their self-isolation, however must continue to self-isolate until the day 5 test result is returned. Test packages must be booked and paid for before travelling.
  • Passenger Locator Form to be completed prior to travelling back to the UK within 48 hours of arrival.

All under 18s are classed and will follow the Fully Vaccinated rules if arriving home from a green country.

Red destinations 

From 4 October 2021, arrivals from a Red List destination will have the following requirements:

  • Take a COVID test up to 72 hours before returning to the UK.
  • A mandatory 10-day hotel quarantine package must be pre-booked (£2,285 for an adult) and paid for before travelling.
  • PCR test required on day two and eight of quarantine.
  • Passenger Locator Form to be completed prior to travelling back to the UK.

Demonstrating your COVID vaccine status for travel

To allow travellers to demonstrate their vaccine status, the government has put a useful page together detailing how travellers can show they have had both vaccines (for countries allowing the vaccinated to be exempt from entry testing). https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad

For residents of England there are two methods:

  1. Download the NHS App (Not the NHS-Covid19) where there is a new section “Check your Vaccination Status”.
  2. A letter version for those without a smartphone can be requested by calling 119 (free of charge). This route may take around 7 days for a letter to arrive, and will show the dates both vaccines were administered.

For residents of Wales:

  • Please call 0300 303 5667 to request a vaccination certificate. Please note it can take up to 10 working days to receive your certificate. 

For residents of Scotland there are two methods:

  1. You can view and print your vaccination status online: https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/after-your-vaccine/get-a-record-of-your-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-status 
  2. A letter version can also be requested by calling the COVID-19 Status Helpline on 0808 196 8565. Records will be sent via first class post, however do ensure you leave sufficient time for this to arrive pre-travel.

Returning to the UK

Arrivals from 24th October 2021:

Pre – Departure Testing

If you are fully vaccinated, the requirement for testing prior to travelling to England has been removed. Adult's aged 18 and over who are not fully vaccinated, must continue to have a PCR or Antigen test completed in resort 72 hours prior to travelling.

Testing Once Back Home

Depending on your vaccination status, you'll be required to have the following tests completed:

  • Fully vaccinated - PCR test on or before day 2 of your return. If you are arriving in to England - this can be a lateral flow test instead, however must still be booked through a government approved supplier. NHS rapid tests are not permitted.
  • Unvaccinated/Partially vaccinated - PCR test on or before day 2 & day 8 - with a 10 day self-isolation.
  • Children aged 5-17 are only required to have the Day 2 PCR test when returning home. If you are arriving in to England - this can be a lateral flow test instead, however must still be booked through a government approved supplier. NHS rapid tests are not permitted.

If You're Returning to Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales:

Please visit the below webpages as certain requirements for testing upon your return may differ.

Available COVID-19 Tests - Returning to UK

If you are fully vaccinated, from the 4th October, the requirement for testing prior to travelling to England has been removed. Adult's aged 18 and over who are not fully vaccinated, must continue to have a PCR or Antigen test completed in resort 72 hours prior to travelling. Children aged between 5-17 will be required to take a Day 2 Test only.

 

Test type

Sovereign customer price

Normal price

 Discount Code

How to redeem

Express Test Clinic / Airport (www.expresstest.co.uk)

Arrival Day 2 PCR From £95 £99  SOVEREIGN21 Visit: 

Onsite airport testing is available at Birmingham, London Gatwick & London Heathrow and many more. This can be completed when you arive back in to the UK. When booking, please ensure you give yourself enough time to clear immigration as delays may be possible.

Arrival Antigen Test From £35    SOVEREIGN21
Arrivals Day 2 & 8 PCR From £124 £129  SOVEREIGN21
Express Test at Home Testing (www.expresstest.co.uk)
Click & Collect Antigen £19.99    SOVEREIGN21  Visit: 

 

Please note, Click & Collect Antigen orders must be collected from one of Express Test's testing sites. This can be collected upon your arrival back in to England.

Postal Antigen £25   SOVEREIGN21
Randox - Home Test
(www.randoxhealth.com)
Day 2 Self Test PCR £43 £48  SovereignD2

Visit: https://covid.randox.com/

Please note, if booking the Lateral Flow test for Day 2, you must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to returning home. Ensure you book the specific "Day 2 Lateral Flow test" as you will need the reference number for your passenger locator form.

Day 2 Self Test Lateral Flow £21.50 £24 SovereignD2
Pre Travel & Day 2 PCR £86  £96  SovereignGT
Day 2 & 8 PCR £86 £96  SovereignD28
Pre Travel, Day 2 & Day 8 PCR  £129  £144  SovereignAP
Test to Release Day 5 Self Test £43 £48  SovereignTTR
           

Randox - Airport & Clinic Testing

(https://fly.randox.com)

On or before Day 2 PCR

Day 5 Test to Release PCR

Day 8 PCR

 £50 Per test

 £55 Per test  Sovclinic  

Airport testing is available at East Midlands, London Stansted, London Heathrow & Manchester. A clinic is also available in Liverpool City Centre & London Waterloo Station.

Visit https://fly.randox.com/

On or before Day 2 Lateral Flow £35  £35  
Screen 4 (www.screen4.org

Day 2 Self Test

Day 2 & 8 Self Test

£60 

£120

   N/A  

Visit: https://screen4.org/citalia-sovereign-covid19-services/

Please visit each supplier's website for details of what's included as part of your purchase.

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