If you’re planning on travelling abroad soon, you’ll likely need a ‘Fit to Fly’ certificate. Due to the pandemic, many countries still require a valid travel certificate with a negative test result to confirm that Covid is not present in your body on entry. Fortunately, you’re in the right place – Handstations can provide you with an approved Covid ‘Fit to Fly’ test via our partners. With this method, you take a simple nasal swab sample in the comfort of your home while on a video call with one of our partners medical professionals who can then verify your test results immediately and update the results to the Tested.me app and this app then acts as your digital ‘Fit to Fly’ negative antigen test certificate.
Travelers can purchase a fit to fly antigen self-test kit service here to allow travel abroad and use it to re-enter the UK.
Getting back into the UK is increasingly tricky nowadays. From mid-February 2021, all UK inbound passengers have been required by law to carry out two Covid ‘Fit to Fly’ tests — one in the first two days of entry, followed by another test eight days after arrival. This tougher regimen was introduced to prevent new variants of the Coronavirus from entering the country; if you receive a negative result in either test, you will not be permitted to end the isolation period early.
Of course, we still have solutions for passengers who desire a speedier exit from isolation. You will need to successfully pass a Test to Release scheme, which involves an additional test conducted on the fifth day after arrival. Our partner can provide this kit, but it must be purchased in addition to the mandatory day 2 and day 8 tests.
The benefits of our fit to fly rapid antigen self-test kit service include:
What is particularly appealing is the ease of use and non-invasiveness of this test; the Hughes swab technique pushes just one or two centimeters inside the nostril. To date, all other nasopharyngeal tests must be carried out by a GP and enter 9-10 centimeters deep into the nasal cavity, which is extremely uncomfortable for many patients. In addition, Hughes’ lateral flow test utilises a novel patented sensitivity enhancement system. Other cassettes employ colloidal gold, which is considerably less sensitive in detecting the CoV-SARS-2 antigen — that’s one reason why our partner’s system has such high accuracy across all specimens.
If you need peace of mind before making your travel plans, look no further than Handstations. The lateral flow rapid antigen test has passed through all the evaluation stages at the UK’s renowned Porton Down Laboratory and boasts clinically proven accuracy in identifying both symptomatic and asymptomatic cases of Covid and all known variants. The test has also been validated by Public Health England; it carries a CE0123 mark and is registered with the WHO and FDA pending emergency use approval. This test is currently in use by the British, French, German, Spanish and Austrian governments, all UK airports, major airlines and pharmaceutical firms, as well as multiple corporates and distribution companies.
When we hear from prospective customers looking for a cheap PCR test for travel, it’s clear that there is still a lot of confusion and worries about the testing process. Flying is stressful enough already, and travelers say they value convenience as well as reasonable pricing and accuracy, since all the stories about false-positives have left people feeling exploited. Above all, though, the process itself is still shrouded in mystery for many. We frequently receive questions like “How do I book an antigen test near me?” Very often travelers are surprised to learn that it is not always necessary to visit a clinic in person; they can simply order a Covid home test kit and carry out the test privately within the four walls of their own home.
Customers are sent all the kit needed to self-swab simply, pain-free, in just 30 seconds. You are notified via an app when your results are ready, and they are stored securely online via tested.me app.
Most of us are excited about booking holidays abroad again. The good news is that home testing is fairly straightforward. However, you must review the conditions stipulated by the country you are flying to, in order to establish in advance just how much time you’ll need to get your ‘Fit to Fly’ certificate before departure. We always recommend ordering your Covid ‘Fit to Fly’ test well ahead of your flight. If you need to get a test result urgently, our home test kits may not be suitable for your circumstances because of the delivery time. In these cases, a physical visit to a nearby clinic may be your best shot. Pop-up test pods have opened all over the UK and are seeing thousands of patients daily.