Depending on the specific destination requirements, usually a lateral flow test for each non-vaccinated person 2 days before travel, with the test details and results uploaded to the gov.uk website - so you get a text from gov.uk announcing the results, which is seen as authority of Covid status for travel. Plus the vaccinated person(s) must be able to show the official Covid status (download/email jab-details from NHS digtial app - note this changes every 30 days and must be repeated so the QR codes shown were generated within 30 days of travel)
Sometimes you’ll need to do a lateral flow while you are away mid-trip, sometimes not. Then possibly a PCR test 2 days after returning, although this seems to be relaxing to another Lateral flow test.
Don’t forget the dates on your passport as well - ensure you have at least 6 months on them before you go!
You’re specifically told not to use the NHS tests for travel. If you do this your airline may deny you travel at the gate as they’re not valid for travel.
Travel between the UK and France > The UK is currently on France’s amber list. Please see the section below on all the requirements for travelling to France from an amber country.
*> * > You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test from a private coronavirus testing provider. > Source: Entry requirements - France travel advice - GOV.UK
The entry requirements section will tell you how many tests you need to do, when you need to do them, and what type of test is required.
Generally speaking you need to be using airline discount codes to get the best value for money.
I used Chronomics for the first time for travel yesterday. Pre-departure lateral flow was £22.40 when you enter a BA booking reference. Their P&P process is a bit slow, they informed DPD of the parcel a full 24 hours before they actually handed it to them, but importantly it did arrive in time for travel. You do the test at home, then upload a picture of the result to get your certificate.
I looked for local testing facilities at my destination (some offer free tests so it’s worth a Google) but the price and convenience meant taking my own tests with me was better value. So again Chronomics with the BA discount comes to £22.40 and you just take the test and upload the result before your return.
As for day two PCR tests, I’ve used Randox a lot and they’ve been good, and £43 with an airline discount but you need to check that they have a Dropbox near you. That said, I have heard of people successfully using Royal Mail to return their samples.
Just to check, you can order the lateral flow tests ahead of time (I’m not travelling until 10 days time), and then these need to be taken within a 48 hour period before leaving (along with submitting the passenger locator form)? i.e. you don’t actually have to time the delivery of the lateral flow tests to just before you leave.
Thanks. I ordered the two antigen tests using an old BA booking ref. I’m worried now that this will be printed somewhere on the certificate. Hopefully it’s just an affiliate link, and Chronomics aren’t interested in who you are flying with.