Our Guide to Rapid Antigen Testing for Travel

The lockdown lasted for about a year, and it was cumbersome to many people. Thankfully, we are now feeling optimistic and looking forward to making trips abroad while we go on with our lives. We are lucky to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and as a result, several countries have allowed travellers from the UK to enter their borders. You also need to have a Fit to Fly certificate to enter some of these countries.

In order to get a Fit to Fly certificate, you need to take a rapid antigen test. This brings about the question; what is a rapid antigen test for travel in Northampton?

What is a rapid antigen test?

A rapid antigen test is a COVID-19 test that produces results fast, sometimes in a matter of minutes and always less than an hour. You can do the test yourself through a nasal swab which entails collecting a sample from your throat or nose. Even though the process is often uncomfortable, it’s not painful.

You can also choose to do a PCR test. The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test is more detailed and provides a more reliable test compared to the lateral flow test. This is because it examines the RNA found in your cells. The results for our PCR test in Northampton come out in about 24-48 hours. However, it all depends on the laboratory where your test is done.

Is it a must to have a PCR test or a rapid antigen test for travel in Northampton to fly?

It’s important to check the requirements of the country you want to travel to since they change all the time. Some countries have more requirements, but it’s best to have a Fit to Fly certificate. You can get advice and more information about the country you are travelling to here or here.

You can also find out more about our PCR testing services here.

What is a Fit to Fly certificate?

A Fit to Fly certificate contains details such as the day you took the test, the location, the time of the report, and your passport number.

When should I do the rapid antigen test?

It’s advisable to take the test within three days before your scheduled travelling date. Still, you should confirm the requirements of where you are travelling to.

How much does a rapid antigen test cost?

The cost of the test depends on where you get it. Get in touch with us today for more information about our discounted prices.

Where can I get a rapid antigen test for travel in Northampton?

To get your rapid antigen test for travel in Northampton, contact Earls Barton Pharmacy today. You can book your test online now; ensure you book your appointment at least three days prior to your travel date.

Please note that:

  • This test is not fit for those travelling to places that need a negative COVID PCR TEST.
  • This test is only fit for people who are travelling to some areas that need a negative COVID antigen test.
  • You have the responsibility of confirming the entry requirements for the country you are travelling to. Ensure you undertake proper tests to meet the requirements.