As of the 24th of October 2021, England changed its COVID-19 testing requirements for fully vaccinated inbound travelers. The new rule allows fully vaccinated travelers to take a lateral flow test instead of a PCR Test. Lateral flow tests are also known as antigen tests and LFDs are acceptable to use by fully vaccinated adults. These PCR Tests for travel must be booked on or before the day of your arrival in England. All passengers are required to upload a photo of their test along with the booking reference number supplied in order to get results of their PCR Test with a free follow-up PCR Test. Passengers who have already bought a PCR test do not need to do it again. For the most up-to-date information about these Covid-19 tests for travels please see the government website.
How do I get/book a lateral flow test?
First, you need to go to the government website to book your lateral flow/PCR Test and click on find a PCR Test provider. Click on start now and select next on the next page choose your PCR Test t type after that you need to select the city where you want this PCR Test to take place in my case I choose PCR Test for London. After choosing the day 2 lateral flow test you can choose the method of PCR testing you can select from self-swab at home or any PCR testing site or you can get it done at the airport as well. And lastly, choose from the list of private PCR Test providers my go-to PCR Test provider for the UK are Point 19 Testing and 24-7 Testing.
How does this rapid test work?
To perform lateral flow test or PCR Test gently cough three times into tissue, blow your nose, and then throw the tissue away. Wash your hands select one sealed swab, one empty tube, and dropper, and one test cartridge put six drops of solution into the lateral flow test tube. Break the seal of the packet and remove the swab. Open your mouth wide and run the lateral flow/PCR swab on the throat and mouth. To test the sample carefully apply two drops from the tube onto the lateral flow test cartridge. Set the timer for 30 minutes and read the lateral flow test results after 30 mins. If you are doing a PCR Test, the swab needs to be sent to the lab via royal mail priority postbox only you can search royal mail priority postbox near me in the search engine of your phone. And you will likely get results of your PCR Test between 24-48 hours. This is also the main difference between lateral flow and PCR Tests.
The accuracy of the lateral flow test
Public health England has reported that lateral flow tests were accurate enough to be used by both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals infected with COVID-19. However, the lateral flow test is the most accurate in symptomatic people at peak infection. When virus levels are highest and an individual is the most infectious.