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COVID-19: PCR TESTING

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As countries across the world endeavour to manage their levels of COVID-19 infection, many have introduced the need for travellers to provide a negative COVID-19 test before travelling, usually within a specified time period before departure.

Entry requirements can and do change frequently, so for the most up-to-date information, we always recommend visiting the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office website.

In order to support Cox & Kings clients with potential testing requirements for their chosen destination, you will find details and links of government approved testing centres below. This should not be considered a recommendation by Cox & Kings and it is the responsibility of the client to check that the host country accepts tests from the testing centre used and that the client meets all the entry requirements of the host country prior to departure.

Cox & Kings is not liable for a client being refused entry to the host country for any reason.

Clients should also check very carefully the length of time taken to receive testing kits (if receiving home testing kits), the
length of time to return tests and the length of time before results are received. This is particularly important in relation to
the specified time period in which tests must be done for travel to certain jurisdictions.

Whilst you are on holiday, our local teams on the ground will assist you in trying to secure a PCR test before returning to the
UK, please ask your travel consultant for more information on how we can support.

General Covid Testing

For full details of government approved coronavirus testing please visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing

Test to release

From the 15th February 2021, the UK government has announced for passengers arriving into England that will either need to quarantine in the place they’re staying for 10 days or quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days. What you need to do depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive in England.

You cannot use the Test to Release scheme if you have been in or through any country that is on the travel ban red list for UK based travellers in the 10 days before you arrive in England.

If you arrive in England from somewhere outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you must: have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the 3 days before departing for England, complete a passenger locator form and self-isolate for 10 days. Under the Test to Release scheme you can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test. If the result is negative, you can stop self-isolating. You cannot take a test until you have been in England for 5 full days. The scheme is voluntary and applies to those self-isolating in England only.

For details please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for-international-travel

Please note: This scheme currently only applies to passengers arriving into England. Rules for those arriving into Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland may differ, please refer to the below for further information:

Scotland 

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/pages/overview/ 

Wales 

https://gov.wales/exemptions-self-isolation-coronavirus-covid-19-html 

Northern Ireland 

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-advice 

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